Positively Parish News – Week of Sept. 16, 2012

Mary Lou Guindon is taking some time off from writing Positively Parish. Nancy Weaver-Bookheimer will be filling in for her.

Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer or  richer experience.”

“Well folks, this is a new one for me, so here we go,” Nancy Weaver-Bookheimer.

Things are happening on Main Street in Parish with Jenkins Insurance moving into  what was once the Yankee Trader.

Cynthia Morrell, owner, hopes that opening day will be by Oct. 1.

This new location gives the insurance office much needed space.

The bank got a facelift with new awnings and landscaping and a handicapped entrance and with the additional parking on the side providing a great effect to the historical building.

The old Catholic church is going to become an antique emporium with a café called The Sanctuary and if you were at Olde Home Day and visited Cherie Stooks and Bridgette Genant’s exhibit it provided us a taste and a look at what is in store for the community.

The Wells Harter house, later used as the Catholic rectory, is being readied for a new family to be moving in soon.

The community gives a great big thanks for these people’s part in improving the looks of our village of Parish.

Also while we are talking about looking good, let’s thank Evelyn DeGraw and Mary Houghton for again planting the pots of beautiful flowers around the village.

They have been doing this goodwill deed  for many, many years under the sponsorship of  the chamber of commerce, Daniel Dalin president.

The Parish Town Historical Society has started its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Mills and Petrie Memorial Gymnasium.

The newly elected officers are: president, Evelyn Stelmashuck; vice president, Janet Clerkin; secretary, Sharon White; treasurer, Gloria White.

The PTHS board consists of: Gretchen Sayer, Ruth Whitelaw and Nancy Bookheimer, filling out the term of Sharon White.

The 2013 calendar is in the final stages of completion and should be ready for sale in October at the Parish Public Library.

More information will be available in a later column.

Evelyn promises an exciting year for the society and encourages any interested parties to join the society and learn about the history of Parish community.

From a farmer’s point of view it was not a good year for our local  farming industry.

Evelyn tells us that the mild winter left us with thoughts of a rainy spring; but that did not come to pass.

On the contrary, we had a very dry spring and summer.

A short hay crop was the result.

Most farmers say they are down 300-500 bales overall.

The later planted field corn took off beautifully as we got the much needed rain shortly after it was planted.

Needless to say the early corn was stunted by lack of water.

Field after field along the countryside either have dwarf sized stalks or spindly stalks with few or no ears, quite disheartening with the price of seeds, fertilizer and fuel.

It’s the second week of September with a week of sunny weather predicted, so we’re mowing down the second cutting.

With the drying time down to 6-7 hours per day, it’ll take at least a week to cure.

The straw also has been cut and seems thick, but not quite the golden yellow we’d hoped for.

Milk prices fluctuated between $16 and $18 per hundred weight.

Egg prices fell to a $1 per dozen with feed prices going up and up.

The calving season once again proved to have a great ratio.  It was 8 to 2, heifers over bulls, every farmer’s dream!

The berries each had their own story.

Strawberry production was down due to early frosts and drought.

The blueberry harvest was pretty fair.

The blackberries blossomed abundantly and the berries came on heavy, only to turn into dried up little pellets.

The grape crop is poor too, also victims of the frost and drought.

The potato crop is good, but they don’t have the size like last year.

We should have enough to get through the winter though.

Last year we were left with a surplus come spring.

The canned goods aren’t filling the root cellar as fast as last year.

We put up more than 300 quarts last year and will be lucky to do a third of that this year.

We’re fortunate not to have used all from last year, so the extras still line the root cellar shelves.

Well, that’s a little about what’s happening here on the farm.

May your rooster keep crowing and your cream rise to the top!  Until next time, your Cow  Belle.

You will be hearing more from our lady farmer as the weeks go by.

The news from Doug and Mary Houghton, (having a excellent irrigation system that Doug designed) reports that their vegetable garden produced a bumper crop – tomatoes, cukes, beets, carrots, beans, pumpkins and squashes and at this writing, is still producing.

They provided family and friends with all they could carry away with them.

Plus Mary and Doug canned and froze all they could put in their cellar for winter use.

If you didn’t have your own garden, you could have visited Dave Sperling’s vegetable stand out on Route 69.

Dave provided the best tasting sweet corn you could imagine, in addition to his other homegrown vegetables.

The next full moon is Sept. 29, the  Harvest Moon.

Some events to put on your calendar:

The Parish Public Library will be offering classes on downloading e-books and audiobooks on Sept. 17. Stop by at 10:30 a.m. to learn the process with Kindle and at 11:30 a.m. there will be a class on other devices.

There will be a second session the same day beginning at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Parish Public Library at 625-7130.

This class will be conducted by North Country Library System, and will be the only time that it will be offered at the Parish Library.

If you enjoy reading from your Kindle, Nook or iPad and presently are paying for these books, you can come in and learn how you can download them on  loan from your library free of charge.

Don’t forget, the Mexico and Parish Dining and Activities Centers have combined together for the annual candlelight dinner entitled “Let’s Dance!”

The dinner will be held at the Parish Fire Station, on 25 Union St., in the Village of Parish on Sept. 25.

The social hour will begin at 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m., the Town Tappers, a troupe of senior tap dancers will provide dancing entertainment.

A delicious dinner of chicken cordon bleu, baked potato, salad, soup, and dessert will be served at 5 p.m.

This night of entertainment and friendship will conclude with door prizes.

The cost of this great night out is $5 and reservations are required.

Call to make your reservation at 625-4617. If there is no answer, leave a message and your call will be returned. Space is limited.

The New Hope Presbyterian Church announces another Parish Community Blood Drive to be held on Sept. 29 at the Parish Fire Station, 16 Union St., from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To make an appointment, call Mary Lou at 625-4575, new donors and walk ins are encouraged.

In ending today let me just say – If you have a dog that you walk around the village, please clean up after him/her.  It is the right thing to do. Our green areas are for everyone’s enjoyment.

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Until next time, “Do good things.”