Positively Parish News – Week of Feb. 22

Get well wishes are extended to Haiden Fullmer, Ron Trumble, John Piseski, Anne Long and Ruth Whitelaw.

So glad to see that Dave DeGraw is home after a six-day stay at the hospital with pneumonia.

My condolences are extended to the family and friends of Emil M. “Mike” Ceterski III of Williamstown; Robert Sassano, Jerry Estsis formerly of Parish and William T. Forbes, formerly of Parish.

Venita and Harvey Ackley recently heard from Eddie and Roseann Goetz. We are having a good time meeting new people from all walks of life. Seems good from not being able to go anywhere between the greenhouse and me working at Mexico Midde School for 30 years!

We have a little black pug, Lola, who is a riot and is turning into a good little camper.

She loves it up to Sandy Pond where our summer camper is too.

Eddie calls us the social butterflies cuz we take walks and meet people and doggies and just start talking with them.

We just pulled into Lorida, Fla. just south of Sebring a little more than 1/2 way through Florida about 40 minutes from Lake Okeechobee.

It’s about 1 1/2 hrs to either coast.

Today is the first rain in at least a month and its bringing in a cold front down to 55. It’s been in the hight 70s to mid 80s and sunny.

Even when it does cool down we are still wearing our shorts and tee shirts and everyone else are in sweats and hoodies!

They said they can tell the New Yorkers – heck that’s our spring up there!!

Well need to get some stuff settled in. Will keep you in my email file and forward my “news updates with pictures.”

Take care and keep warm.

Ro, Eddie and Lola…..On the road!

Enjoy the following pictures!

Rose and Ed Goetz
Rose and Ed Goetz

Eric Peck and I took a trip up north to Wilmington, NY, last Saturday and snowshoed the six miles up Whiteface Mountain to the summit then climbed the snowfilled path to the peak. I was draggin’ but I did it. The view was amazing and well worth the effort. Whiteface is the fifth highest mountain in New York State.

Our first climb of the 46 Adirondack mountains, 4,000 feet or more, is completed! The Lake Placid area is certainly a winter paradise and certainly gave me a reality check. Eric and I drove past an Ice Castle as we drove through Sarnac Lake. It was a dellightful day.

Chet and Gretchen Sayer have heard former Parish resident, Frazier LaForce. He and his wife live in Norway, but he still cares to keep up with his Parish friends.

Sunday, Feb. 10, Chet and Gretchen Sayer enjoyed breakfast at their daughter Connie’s home in Oneida.

The following day they were delighted to be at Agnes Wilk’s for breakfast.

Gretchen jokes that she is searching for a place to go for breakfast tomorrow.

On Feb. 12, I had the pleasure of snowshoeing with my daughter, Nicole. After, we took a ride out to Syracuse with Amy Engleman for lunch at Pizza Hut.

It was a nice surprise to see Danny and Mary Gardner there as well.

FYI – the annual Florida “Parish Picnic” that was planned for March 4 has been cancelled due to the health of coordinator John Piseski.

You may want to send a card of appreciation for all they have done and your well wishes to John and Joan.

Let them know they are in your thoughts and prayers.

Here is their mailing address: John Piseski, 5434 Joyce Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33541.

John’s email message follows: Due to my current illness, I have found it necessary to cancell the picnic this year. I am sorry but I am unable to do this. Perhaps next year, lord willing I will be able to help someone. If you wish to take charge, please e-mail or call me @ 813-782-1008. I welcome the opportunity to turn over the books, pictures, past mailing lists. $ in our treasury, etc. I will be happy to help someone but can’t carry on this responsibility with current conditions. Thanks, John Piseski

Valentine’s Day had a special reward for Pat Mullen, as Earl Gray Cat, our Prodigal Stray, came back after a 24-day absence to Skunk Meadows.

We have kept putting wet and dry food out nightly, and did feed a raccoon who showed up occasionally, but we felt that EG Cat was probably in trouble.

What a joy to have him show up on the night of the 14th, in good fur and weight, with a prodigious appetite and a willingness to sleep in “his” cat hut for a couple of hours.

When he woke, he made progress around the meadow, under the water tower, and into the back yard before disappearing again. He came back last night for the same sort of visit, eating a can of wet cat food and sleeping for more than two hours before he took off.

For anyone who has lost an outdoor cat, there is hope that it was simply off on a frolic of its own or it has a second or third family to go home to.

Take care. Rt. 69 Birdwatcher.

Tracy Kinne of Parish has taken honorable mention in the New England Book Festival for “On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap.”

She is a longtime newspaper journalist. Her second book, young adult fiction about a teen who fights hydrofracking in her small, rural, economically depressed town, is due to be published this summer.

Join everyone at the 2013 Parish Relay For Life Kickoff on March 9 – 8 to 11 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene – 8 to 9 a.m. breakfast and mingling, 9 to 10 a.m.

Kickoff presentation (there will be a great survivor speaker!) and 10 to 11 a.m. – wrapup with questions, teams are able to sign up and raffles!

The Parish Volunteer Fire Company will host another delicious pancake breakfast on  March 17.

The Half-shire Historical Society has many projects going on, here is a couple that you might find interesting in getting involved with: local World War II vets and their stories or the compiled cookbook which will include recipes with a picture and short profile of the cook.

Contact me or Shawn Doyle for more information.

To make this column interesting and informative, we need to hear from you, email information to [email protected] or call 289-2391.

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