Positively Parish News – Week of December 9, 2012

The Parish Public Library will hosted its  annual Community Open House on Dec. 8.

There were great refreshments served and a visit by Santa.

Due to an oversight on a prior ‘Positively Parish’ column by Nancy Weaver-Bookheimer, on writing about the Parish Public Library, when listing the Friends Organization, Marion Popp’s name was inadvertently left off.

Marion Popp has been a integral part of the library in Parish for many, many years, as a supporter, patron, volunteer, board member and a friend.

Reader’s New Additions

David and Kelly Reader have two new additions to the Reader family.

They were blessed not once but twice this year.

On October 23, Miss Stella Mae Webber arrived weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce, joining Miss Lucy Webber and her parents Shad and Brandi Reader-Webber.

Not even a month later, the Readers were blessed a second time on November 11 – Veterans’ Day, Miller Matthew Reader arrived weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, joining Master Maddox Reader and his parents Brad and Cassandra Durgan Reader.

Grandma Reader (her grandchildren fondly refer to her as Cha Cha) took an emergency visit to Jacksonville N.C. as she was summoned for help as Brad is in the middle of extensive training with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department.

Maddox accompanied his grandma back to New York for Thanksgiving where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday with his other set of grandparents and his extended vacation with family and friends.

It was quite an adventure for a soon to be four-year-old on Christmas Day.

The United Methodist Church members and friends lived up to their renowned delicious chicken and biscuit dinner on Dec. 1, serving a multitude of people again this year.

Following the annual tree lighting and caroling at the Memorial Park, there were approximately 55 folks that stopped by at the Mills and Petrie Memorial Gymnasium that evening for hot cocoa, donuts and chances to win a themed basket.

The children enjoyed listening to the talented storyteller Daniel Dalin’s rendition of “The Grinch that Stole Christmas” and later took turns sharing their “under the Christmas tree wishes” with Santa and each received a candy cane.

The Greater Parish Area Chamber of Commerce would like to express its appreciation to all who provided the generous themed baskets, Dunkin Donuts for helping provide the donuts, to Santa for his annual appearance with such good humor at such a stressful time of year, and to Daniel Dalin for sharing his talents and to all who made the evening a success.

Also a very special thank you to Nancy Bookheimer for coordinating the “Focus on Parish” photo contest for five consecutive years now and Oswego County Tourism for judging the contest again this year.

Please see below for the results of this popular photo contest.

Kudos to the Greater Parish Area Chamber of Commerce (mainly Charlene and David Dano, Dalin and Lillian Harter) for providing this wonderful evening of fun for the community each year.

The Greater Parish Area Chamber of Commerce, President Dalin announces winners to the fifth annual “Focus On Parish” Photo Contest winners.

Nature’s Wildlife in Parish. Winners were first place ($100) – Sherry Yard – Baby Fox in Hiding; second place ($75) – Krista Alsworth – Owl Roosting in Tree; third place ($50) Krista Alsworth – Heron in Flight; fourth place ($25) Krista Alsworth – Turtle Laying Eggs.

There were 42 entries to be considered.

Members of Oswego County Tourism did the judging for the chamber.

Congratulations to all for their participation.

Remembering Rose A. Smith Henderson

Rose was the oldest resident of the town of Parish for several years, and with her passing we have lost a legacy.

At her service on Tuesday, many guests shared a few of their memories.

It brought several to mind, I would like to share a few.

Yes, I remember her as the cashier at the end of the cafeteria line at APW way back when.

I really got to know her when I became the site manager at the Parish Senior Dining and Activity Center where she was a regular up until she could no longer live alone at the age of 95!

She was the focal point at our lunches, she knew everyone that has lived in Parish.

She drank a cup of hot water nearly every day, now I do the same (thinking I might keep my memory as sharp as hers was).

Some of the treasures that she shared:

She graduated from Parish High School in 1934 and all the females wore a different shade of the rainbow for dresses on graduation day; she recalled when the famous Smith brothers would come frequently to town on the train and would be picked up by horse and sleigh and taken to their camp on Stone Hill Road, the many stories of her jobs and adventures of when she traveled with her husband Lewis “Denny” at the various bases in the U.S. when he served in the military, she brought a cup in to share a story – the cup was bought in Niagara Falls when she and Denny went back for their anniversary and she implied that they actually got to see the falls on their second honeymoon trip there.

I took her to visit her brother, Nelson “Bud” Smith, while he was still alive and in a nursing home in Oswego, she was just so appreciative.

Once I baked molasses cookies to the delight of the seniors, well Rose called me over and said “Do you want me to bring you in a really good recipe for molasses cookies tomorrow.”

I am thankful that Ken Sargent faithfully brought her to the site and that I got to know her.

Nancy Weaver-Bookheimer shared a few memories with me this morning at breakfast: “remember Rose’s Valentine card collection, well she gave me one that came from Minnie Niles. She owned the Tea Room downtown. She also gave me lace for a pillow case. They are prized treasures. She had such a great memory and shared the past.”

Please share your memory of Rose by calling or emailing me.

My experience with Physical Therapy (PT, also jokingly referred to as pain and torture) with Cheryl at the Parish Medical Center has been a very positive exertion with my shoulder rehabilitation.

Over the past few years I have heard nothing but positive remarks about the gifted Cheryl from many different folks, so I had no worries.

I have met many individuals all at different stages in the progression of rehabilitation; I have been given hope that I will one day have use of my arm once again.

After a bit of persuading from another PT user (that I see most often), I would like to add your tales of inspiration to the column.

I realize there will be many positive, motivating stories from the many, past and present clients at the Parish Physical Therapy facility.

Please send them to the contact information below, and anonymity will be used if requested, but please share your experiences giving others hope.

The Pleasant Lawn Cemetery Association is hosting its memory tree lights for $10 per light per name and the wreaths are $20 each.

Make your checks payable to Pleasant Lawn Cemetery and send to David Perry, 3003 W. Main St., Parish, NY 13131.

Be sure to include your loved one’s name to be honored in memory.

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