PRATTSVILLE — Thank you again to our health care workers and all essential workers. You have our heartfelt appreciation.

Good news from David Rikard. His son, Sgt. Andrew Rikard, came home Aug. 24. He is getting his discharge (Honorable, of course), after 9 years active duty in US Army. As an Explosive Ordinance Disposal expert, he was part of Special Operations. During his service, he was in combat in Afghanistan, deployed to Africa several times, and now returns after several years in Europe. Andrew, who is also an attorney admitted in New York State, will be starting at the Culinary Arts Institute in Hyde Park in January. His entire family, and especially his brother Jamison, are VERY PROUD of him.

Another Greendell worker’s family checking in. Teddy Rion Cline let me know her dad, Marv, had worked 30 years at Greendell in the freezer room. In fact one time he even got locked in the freezer. He was able to force the door mechanism with a handy screwdriver. Marv also worked part time at two other jobs — at a sawmill in Conesville and a bus driver at Gilboa CS. Charlie, Teddy’s brother, also worked at Greendell on the kill floor. Charlie is now enjoying his retirement from Greene County Highway Department at his home in Mosquito Point. Teddy is busy trying to make pickles for winter enjoyment. She was having trouble getting vinegar, a complaint we heard a number of times, and pickling spices.

Heard from Sandy Case Hill, “…wanted to let you know that my Mom, Dorothy Case, passed away on Friday at nine o’clock. Her funeral will be on Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at Fair Lawn Cemetery. It will be only a grave side funeral. Decker Funeral Home is handling the arrangement…” Our deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s family.

Heidi Ruehlman is holding outdoor chair yoga sessions at the Town of Ashland pavilion at 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Marianne Krauss and Ginny Kennedy and others attended recently and were appreciative of the pavilion because of the rain. Heidi was the leader at the recent session and granddaughter Sidney was also there.

Kip Rikard had an appointment at the Stratton VAMC recently and in support of his fellow veterans and American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post 1327, took up four cases of donated items to Jim Keller of Voluntary Services. Some of the items will be packaged up and delivered in person to veterans and/or their families in need. Jim said the veterans in the community cannot just stop by for needed items so he and his staff make deliveries. Fisher House facilities can still be used by veterans and/or veterans families when family members are hospitalized in the area. Call first for availability of rooms. Anything that you can do to help is greatly appreciated. One way to help is to stop by the Craft/Book/Yard Sale at the Gurleys on Route 23A over Labor Day weekend — Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4, 5, 6. Proceeds will benefit veterans.

Happy Birthday to twins Patty Brainerd Gunther and Richie Brainerd and Tom Dignam on Sept. 4. Geanine Eisel is wished a very Happy Birthday on Sept. 7. Sept. 10 we wish Daniel Lane, Stephanie Braswell, Darcy Jaeger-Brand and Connie Briggs Happy Birthday. Happy Anniversary to Jim and Roxie King on Sept. 6. Sept. 8 we wish Alan and Sue Huggins Happy Anniversary. Sept. 9 it is Happy Anniversary to Bob and Ginny Gurley.

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