Winter just seems to hang on in Central New York State and many of us are still waiting for a nice February thaw to make an appearance. Hang in there though, as we spring ahead and go on daylight savings time on March 8, and maybe an early spring will be our reward for the old-fashioned winter we’ve had. Wouldn’t it be great if on St. Patrick’s Day we saw green poking through on our lawns? Let’s hope!
Congratulations to George Ehrmann, who entered the men’s senior division 4K cross-country ski event at Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown and finished in 14th place. We understand the course was icy in places and difficult even in the best of conditions!
Elliot Helfand celebrated his
90th birthday recently with a party of friends and neighbors down in
Florida. Elliot and his wife, Marty, will be returning home come spring
The Sweet Tooth Café has been closed from Feb. 15 but will reopen on Wednesday, March 4. Harriet Sessler reports that in March she will be teaching several adult education classes at RSCS. On March 3 she will teach a class on Soups, and on March 31 a class on making puddings from scratch. She will also be teaching a class in Mah Jong. Call Kathy Sweeney at 315-858-2405 to sign up!
Both Harriet and Dick have undergone recent surgeries, so quick healing wishes go out to both of them.
Local birders to the south of us are reporting that bluebirds are back and are checking out nest boxes. There have been numerous reports of bald eagle sightings and a few robins that stayed and wintered in the area have also been seen. For those of you maintaining feeders, keep the feed coming. The chickadees, siskins, cardinals, finches and titmouse have been depending on us all winter and despite the cost of the feed, they still need us!
Dylis Burdt emailed that she is wintering in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas so she’s not really considered a “snow bird” but what locals call a “winter Texan.” She is 2,200 miles from home, and has taken up square dancing. She and Herb used to tow their camper down, but last spring she bought a small park model trailer in an RV/Mobile home park where there are lots of activities going on. She will be heading our way in mid-March, and expects that some snow and cold weather will await her. Dylis says the daytime temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s with “frigid” nights in the 40s. All we can add is drive slowly on the way home, Dylis!
Another Amish bake sale will be held this Saturday at Windy Ridge Bulk and Variety Store. Let’s hope Laura’s donuts last long enough for John Woudenberg and Doug Palmer to buy some and that they leave some for the rest of us!
The circus was in town on Tuesday, February 24, to benefit Project Prom, the after-prom party for the RSCS students. The looks on the faces of the happy children who got to attend the performance were priceless. Lynda Oakes, Bethann Hammer, Pam Preston and Lisa VanWinkler deserve a tip of the hat for coordinating Project Prom this year.
Elliot (Ruby) Helfand celebrated his 90th birthday on January 12, 2009, at the Elks Club in Englewood, Fla., where he and his wife Marty live during the winter months. There were a total of 65 friends and neighbors to help him celebrate at the luncheon held in his honor. Elliott still plays golf, although he uses “senior citizen” rules on the local course. His immediate family, with the exception of his brother, Sol, sister-in-law, Estelle, and grandson, Josh, were unable to leave the cold north for the exact date. Others were able to visit a few days later to help Ruby continue celebrating for the entire week! Happy birthday, Ruby and we’ll see you in May when you return. If you would like to send him birthday wishes, their address is Elliot and Marty Helfand, 2245 Oleada Court, Englewood, FL 34224.
A tip of the hat to the local business folks who have volunteered to ride a donkey this coming Saturday at the Donkey Basketball Game at RSCS to benefit leukemia research. It should be a good time! Thanks also to RSCS teachers who have volunteered to step up (and on) to a donkey and to Shelly Vanderwerken who was able to get Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to contribute a sizable donation to the cause.
Congratulations to the seniors at our local schools who are being accepted by colleges near and far!
I’ll leave you all with another reminder to send us your birthdays, anniversaries, family news and any other ramblings we can include in “What’s On.” It all keeps us in touch with one another!
Till next time!