Positvely Parish Week

The Williamstown Shopper’s bus is ready to stop by the Parish Fire Station Parking area to pick you up for a day of shopping on Monday, Dec. 12 at the Great Norther Mall and Wal-Mart or the new JoAnne’s Fabrics. This is the last bus trip before Christmas. The bus leaves Williamstown at 9 a.m., stops by Amboy Center, followed by West Amboy and should be in Parish about 9:30 a.m. and will return about 3 p.m. This bus service was originated for the Williamstown Senior Citizens many years ago by Legislator Bill Britton. This second Monday of the month bus service is now open to all ages and remains at a reasonable $4 per person. Each month the stores visited will change, keeping all the shoppers happy. You are encouraged to take advantage of this service and at the same time keep the number of participants up so that the service will continue to be funded. Please call Marilyn Roser at 298-5242 to sign up or for more information, also for your convenience you may email her at [email protected]

Get well wishes are extended to Evans Alloway; Bob Bryant; Sal Filicia; David Levi Holst; Harold Houghton; Eleanor Jacobson; Dean and Shirley LaForce; Barbara Pierce; Allen Phillips; Albert Reese, Debbie Shaler Joan Stoddard and Kelsie Wilson. My condolences are extended to the family and friends of Roger R. Consaul.

The wonderful Christmas tree embellished with treats for birds at Canfield Park was donated by the Hiller family. All are welcome to add to the banquet for our feathered friends.

The Parish Tree Lighting and Caroling took place on Saturday evening, Dec. 5 at Veteran Memorial Park with many of the participants gathering after at Mills and Petrie Memorial Gymnasium to warm up with hot chocolate and donuts and being entertained by the wonderfully animated reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dan Dalin, President of the Greater Area Chamber of Commerce while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Santa listened to each of the boys and girls wishes of what they would like to find beneath their Christmas tree and posed for pictures too! Special thanks to Santa for finding the time to stop by in Parish each year.

Among the themed raffle baskets were a Parish Town Historical basket of history, a tree of soaps and oils, baskets of chocolate chip cookies and a fun snack basket. Among the winners were: Cartwright Stelmashuck, Gary Lanning-Stelmashuck, Kathy Allardice and Nicole Guindon.

The results of the 2012 Focus on Parish Photo Contest winners were also revealed during the activities at Mills and Petrie Memorial Gymnasium The first place winner ($100) is Krista Alsworth, “A Mother’s Work is Never Done”; second place ($75) Jena Booth, “Tractor in Hay Field”; third place ($50) Evelyn Stelmashuck, “tracks” ‘Work Never Stops No Matter the Weather’; and fourth place ($25) Evelyn Stelmashuck, “Morning Fog” ‘When the Fog Lifts-Work Starts’.

The Friends of Parish Parks would like to thank all who sold or bought tickets for the iPad2, iPod Shuffle and $25 iTunes gift card to raise money to buy the material for the future boardwalk over the wetlands at Dr. William E. Merrill Parish Town Park. AND the winners are: Lisa Heyward (iPad2), Patricia Lewis (iPod Shuffle) and Katie Donovan ($25 iTunes gift card).

The annual fundraiser at Pleasant Lawn Cemetery has begun. The Memory Tree—light up a memory of a loved one. With your $10 donation with each name submitted a light will be lit on this special memory tree. You may also have a beautiful Christmas wreath placed on the grave of someone you would like to remember for only $20. For a glowing memory or a Christmas wreath, please make your check payable to “Pleasant Lawn Cemetery” and mail to David Perry, 3003 West Main Street, Parish, NY 13131.

The Parish Town Historical Society 2012 calendars will soon be available for $7. The memory filled calendar is now being printed. You will enjoy seeing pictures of the 1947 Parish Volunteer Firefighters, the 1947-48 APW baseball team, Parish High class of 1937, Parish Cub Scouts Den 1 in 1972, the 1965 Parish Trapshooters, Girl Scouts in 1976, the Boys Brigade and more. These precious keepsake calendars will be available at the Parish Public Library during regular business hours: Monday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Wed. 12 – 5 p.m., Thurs. 7-9 p.m. and Sat. 12-5 p.m.

The Ecumenical Candlelight Service will be held on Sunday, December 18 at 6 PM. This year in addition to the music and Christmas Story, there will be the creation of the Nativity as the story is being told. The Parish United Methodist Church will host the service with participation from the New Hope Presbyterian Church and the Parish Church of the Nazarene. The Parish United Methodist Church is located on South Railroad Street. There is parking in the back on Church Street and it is handicap accessible. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve services in Parish on Saturday, December 24

7 PM—The Parish United Methodist Church, South Railroad Street

6 PM—The New Hope Presbyterian Church, 814 Rider Street

6 PM—Parish Faith Church of the Nazarene

Christmas Day, December 25 Services in Parish

11 AM—The Parish United Methodist Church, South Railroad Street with the New Haven Methodist Church joining them.

10:30 AM—The New Hope Presbyterian Church, 814 Rider Street

10:45 AM—Parish Faith Church of the Nazarene, 2313 State Route 69

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