Positively Parish News – Week of 10-18-12

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Rooselvelt

I hope you all had a pleasant week and found some time in your busy schedule to decorate your front lawn with pumpkins, cornstalks and mums and getting your fill of popcorn and cider, they always tastes better at this time of year.

October is National Popcorn Popping Month.

It was also brought to my attention that this is Pastor Appreciation Month.

As I am sitting at the dining room table preparing to write today’s column, I see we are in for one of those picture perfect fall days, crisp and sunny, the birds are flocking to the feeder along with the squirrels, and this morning a group of turkeys was scratching around gleaning the stray seeds.

About 5:30 a.m., when I went out to get the newspaper, the early morning darkness was filled with stars and the constellation Orion was standing tall in the early morning sky.

There is even beauty in the darkness.

This month’s full moon, the Hunter’s Moon, occurs October 29 at 3:50 p.m.

Parish Elementary School Status

I know we all have been wondering about the fate of the Parish Elementary School.

I called the school for an update and received this information from the unapproved minutes of the October 11 school board meeting the school sent me.

The APW Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools (Mr. G. Hudson), adopted the resolution approving the purchase and sale agreement to sell the Parish Elementary School district property, located at 25 Union Street, Parish, NY; and hereby accepts the Real Estate Purchase and Sale Contract executed by Biospherix, LTD.

A Capital Project Dedication Event will be held At APW School Campus.

You’re Invited! – October 30. The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District cordially invites the public to attend a dedication ceremony for the new APW Elementary School and Junior/Senior High School.

The state-of the-art facilities are the culmination of months of design, development and construction.

We hope you will join us in this celebration; 4:30 – 6 p.m. there will be a complimentary spaghetti dinner, Junior/Senior High School dining room; and 6 – 6:30 p.m. cider and donuts will be available, Junior/Senior High School lobby 6:30 p.m. dedication ceremony and building tours.

This event will provide the public a great chance to see the newly renovated school campus.

Mr. Hudson has expressed his pleasure with the higher enrollment figures and, at the present time, the APW Elementary School is the largest elementary school in Oswego County.

Other News

I received a phone call from Fred Swartz this week and with that call came a very generous offering of spring bulbs – daffodils and tulips.

Who could refuse?

Those bulbs will be planted around the gazebo at the four corners in the village and across from the northbound exit/entrance of Route 81.

If you would like to assist me in this planting project send me an email and we can arrange for a to time to get together.

You know the old saying “Many hands make light work.”

Just think how beautiful they will look next spring.

If you haven’t had a chance to plant spring bulbs, according to Fred, you still have time.

Good news! Two more houses have been bought in the village of Parish; one on Main and the other on South Railroad, they will be bringing two new families to the village.

The Parish Writers’ Group, lead by Joy Oliver, is well into its fall session.

The group’s attendance keeps on growing with each passing year, they are now up to 14.

This session they are working the different techniques of writing.

This will be the 20th year they have been gathering at the library.

They meet for two, six-week sessions in the spring and fall of the year.

This program is sponsored by the Parish Public Library.

Also, the library sponsors a book club of avid readers.

The group of book lovers meet monthly.

The meetings and review of the selected book will be reported in this column.

If you are interested in becoming a member give me a call 447-1211 or email me at [email protected]

The Parish Community Pre-School has relocated to the Parish Faith Church of The Nazarene.

From their previous location at the elementary school the children were able walk to the Parish Public Library.

That is no longer possible for the children. So, the library will go to them.

Monday mornings a representative of the library will visit the children for a storytime and bring them books for borrowing.

The library director reported that the children were delighted with her initial visit.

Just a reminder: the benefit for the pre-school is 4 – 6 p.m. on October 26 for a spaghetti dinner at the Parish Fire Barn.

The pre-school is asking your support for this worthy cause.

Well again I hope you found something of interest in this week’s column.

Keep the feedback coming in.

I’ll sign off now.

Nancy Bookheimer, [email protected] or tel. 447-1211.