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Positively Parish News – Week of 11/16/2012

First off, I am delighted to be writing “Positively Parish” once again.

This means that I am well enough and that I have time.

What a great feeling!

I cannot thank my dear friend Nancy Weaver-Bookheimer enough for her commitment to me and the readers of this column for her time spent over the past weeks in providing such interesting pieces.

She surely is a blessing in my life.

It started out with me just being too busy after taking on another task while my friends, Rodney and Kathy Perkins were away to visit family and celebrate Rodney’s parents’ birthdays in Australia; but then I had my bicycle accident and my busy life came to a crashing halt.

Then there was realization: I have had to step down from a number of committees facing the fact that I cannot do what I once could.

I welcomed Rodney and Kathy home last week and told Nancy she could have her life back.

I am so thankful for what I have and what I am able to do.

I hope that I will physically be well enough to return to work next month.

I miss my senior friends so very much.

For now I will be content writing and going to therapy regaining movement and strength in my right shoulder.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers and the many many emails and get well cards.

You are all a blessing!

Get well wishes are extended to former Parish resident, Ruth Miller. Please send me names to add to our prayer list for those whom need get well wishes.

My condolences are extended to the family and friends of Tom Weaver and all those that were missed in my absence.

Last Friday, Nov. 9, a few friends from the APW class of 1975 met for dinner and conversation.

Three veterans at the service on Sunday Nov. 11, at Memorial Park in Parish.
Three veterans at the service on Sunday Nov. 11, at Memorial Park in Parish.

What a wonderful time spent reminiscing with Ann Harter Houghton, Marvel Ware Sheffield and her husband, Richard; Jeanne Ecker Wall and myself.

We never did get to the topic of planning our 40th; oh well, maybe next month.

Veterans Day Ceremony Parish, NY

The American Legion Post 601 held its Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11 with many from the community in attendance.

The ceremony honored the men and women in the Armed Forces that are now serving and those that have served this country.

Commander Richard Palmer thanked all who attended and extended an open invitation to a luncheon at Post 601 immediately following the ceremony.

The bridge on the trail at Merrill Town Park.
The bridge on the trail at Merrill Town Park.

With all of this great weather that we have been blessed with, I hope you have had the time to get out and enjoy this wonderful autumn season.

Since I am not able to ride my bike yet, I have been out hiking!

I have enjoyed Merrill Town Park and checking out the new bridge where the boardwalk will connect in the future to Vanderkamp in Cleveland and Salmon River Falls in Altmar.

If hiking isn’t your thing, get out on your bike or just get out and walk, stop by and visit with your neighbor.

The Parish Relay for Life committee met at the Grist Mill Restaurant for a very productive monthly meeting.

The next meeting will be held on Jan. 14 at t same place beginning at 6 p.m.

Don’t hesitate, get involved. We have all been touched by this dreadful disease in some way. You can make a difference.

Shawn Doyle, president of the Half-Shire Historical Society.
Shawn Doyle, president of the Half-Shire Historical Society, gives a talk on history

The Parish Town Historical Society members and friends enjoyed a field trip to Richland in place of their regular meeting on Nov. 14.

There were more than twenty gathered for a delicious meal at the Half-Shire Historical Society headquarters, the former Richland Elementary School.

The Half-Shire president, Shawn Doyle, gave an interesting talk on the history of the society and the school followed by a tour of the building.

All returned to Parish very satisfied with such a wonderful evening.

Looking ahead … the Greater Parish Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Tree Lighting event on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Parish Memorial Park followed by activities at the Mills and Petrie Memorial Gymnasium, 2938 E. Main St.

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Blessings and Peace be with you,
Mary Lou Miller Guindon/’75