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Edmeston December 28, 2008

The 3rd Annual Snow-Blower races almost had to be put on hold as two of the organizers (Shawn Pylinski) has an injured foot and (Mayor Kent) has a possible cracked rib, plus the warm temperatures and melting snow. Mayor Kent says with weather permitting, the races will go on as planned, starting promptly at midnight New Years Eve.

Even with the rain on Christmas eve, the Candlelight Services at the Churches were well attended and very beautiful.

The Annual Meeting of the Edmeston Free Library will take place in the library building on Friday evening, January 9th at 7:00 P.M.

With above average temperatures, Saturday evening and Sunday morning, Tom & Linda Eriksen had a caller on their front yard. Yes, Mr. Skunk paid them a visit. Makes you wonder if he’s mixed up or if we are in for an early Spring.

January, February and March will again find the Legion Breakfast (first Sunday of the month). Funds from the breakfasts will be used to support the Legion Boy State program. It’s a great meal and a good cause, so lets support it. Breakfast served from 7:00 – 10:00 A.M.

I have been informed that the Firemen’s Calendars are here. In the event you were not contacted and would like one or don’t received the one you ordered, contact any fireman. Not to worry about starting on the first of the year, the present calendar goes through January and the new one starts with February.

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Edmeston December 21, 2008

The first day of Winter and the shortest day of the year is now history. It found us with a big snow storm and now there is no question as to if we will have a White Christmas.

Several of our local residents are on the “Sick List”. Get well wishes go out to: Gene Cole, Lorraine Corts, Nancy Sherwood, Marge Holdridge, Bernie Nonenmacher and anyone else I may have missed.

Proud Grandparents, John & Sue Parker of Edmeston had reason to celebrate on October 23, 2008, when Justin & Alison Parker became the parents of twins (Alexander James and Hannah Elizabeth) Congratulations!

Happy New Year!

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Edmeston December 14, 2008

Where does the time go? Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Thanksgiving and now it is almost Christmas.

When it comes to Santa, the grown ups are about as excited as the kids. Almost 100 kids came to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” Saturday. There was snow on the ground, a chill in the air and lots of excitement as the children sat on Santa’s knee to have their pictures taken. Sausage and eggs, cocoa, cup cakes and candy were all part of the scene.

The staff from the Edmeston Office of the NBT Bank, along with guests, enjoyed a Christmas Dinner at the Taters Restaurant at Tsuga Links, Saturday evening. A very enjoyable time, even though the temperature outside was only about 12 degrees.

Remember the old saying “As the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen”? Well, like it or not, Sunday will be the first day of Winter and also the Shortest day of the year.

Not knowing the publishing schedule for the upcoming Holidays, I’d like to wish all of the readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Edmeston December 7, 2008

The “Christmas Around the World” dinner was held Sunday at the school. With snow flurries in the air, about forty people showed up to enjoy delicious food and a talk by Pastor Jay Henderson on his trip last Summer to India.

This Saturday, December 13th, will find the firehouse busy with “Breakfast with Santa” from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Pack up the kids and let them enjoy breakfast, as well as a chance to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.

Edmeston Tea Circle’s Kay York has announced that she is now able to reproduce Edmeston miniatures from past years. The entire series includes the Five Sisters, the Barber Shop, The Train Station, The Gaskin House, the School House and Fire House. To order any of these, or the current miniature of the Opera House, call Kay at 965-6207 or khyork@oecblue.com.

In last weeks Gazette I gave an address for sending a Christmas card to a recovering American Soldier. The information that I had received was incorrect. Since then I have made four phone calls (automated response type) and have learned that the correct address for sending cards is: Holiday Mail for HeroesP.O. Box 5456Capital HeightsMD 20791-5456. If you had already sent a card, you can expect it back as that is what happened to me. Sorry folks.

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Edmeston November 30, 2008

The Edmeston Rotary Club will again be sponsoring a clothing give-away. This is to be held on Saturday, December 13th at the Second Baptist Church. Donations of “gently” used clothing are needed and may be dropped off at the Church anytime. Lets check our closets and donate some items to help keep someone warm this Winter.

“Christmas Around the World” The Area Counsel of Churches will be having the annual “Christmas Around the World” dinner at the school on Sunday, December 7th starting at 12:30 P.M. Bring a dish to pass and table service. Beverage and desert will be furnished. Pastor Jay Henderson will speak on his trip this summer to India.

During the Sunday Service, at the United Methodist Church, the congregation left the sanctuary briefly to gather outside on the new access ramp. Pastor Bessemer lead the congregation in prayer to dedicate the access ramp.

The Holiday Banners are now in place along the streets. These are made possible by the Edmeston Rotary Club. This year the Holiday Banners are also in South Edmeston and West Edmeston.

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the firehouse on Saturday, December 13th from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Come, enjoy Santa, eat breakfast, have pictures taken and get a gift. A great way to start off the Holiday Season!

When making out your Christmas Cards, why not include one to a recovering American Soldier? The address is: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington D.C. 20307-5001.

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Edmeston November 16, 2008

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the community, Pack 9 Cub Scouts and Troop 9 Boy Scouts collected over 1000 items of food for our local food pantries during the Scouting For Food Drive. Every item collected stayed within the community to help local needy families. The Scouts would like to thank everyone who helped out.

Congratulations to the girls soccer team. On Saturday, they became co-champions with the S.S. Seward team. Both teams now share the championship (Class D) for New York State Soccer.

A call was received this weekend from the North Pole and Santa’s workshop. Yes, plans are being made for “Breakfast with Santa” on December 13th at the firehouse, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary. Details will be coming shortly so keep the date open!

Don’t forget the Edmeston Tea Circle bake sale and miniature pick-up, Saturday, November 22nd at the Community Building (formerly the Legion Hall) starting at 9:00 A.M.

Congratulations to Troy & Denise Dye on the birth of their son. Hunter Logan Dye was born November 11th, weighed 6lb 10 oz and was 19 inches long.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!.

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Edmeston November 9, 2008

2008 NYS Regional Class D ChampionsCongratulations to the Girls Soccer Team. They are the NY State Regional Class D Champions. I understand they will play in the NY State Final 4 in Cortland, Friday, starting at 9:00 A.M. Good luck girls!

Read more here

Did you notice that the light on the American Flag at the firehouse is now working? For sometime it has been out, but through the efforts of Edwin Stevens, it is now once again in good repair. Thanks Ed!

Recently Gordon and Joan Terry attended the National Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention in Orlando. The convention floor was host to a wide assortment of funeral goods and services. The underlying theme seemed to be pet orientated. The Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home now has a Pet Funeral Store. For more information on this, log on to www.hjtfuneralhome.com.

Joan had a chance to visit with her Dad right after they returned from the convention. It was the first time she had been able to visit her mother’s grave since last March 2008. She brought with her a bag of Irish Dirt to spread. Joan’s mother was very proud of her Irish heritage. She left the bag with her Dad, so he could continue to visit her grave and leave a bit of Ireland on each visit.

Ed, Joanne, Kip & Regina Pylinski attended the Williams-Woinoski Wedding in Kingston on October 11th. The bride is the daughter of Janina (Pylinski) Piazza. October 11th was also Kim’s Birthday. She lives in New Orleans and is the daughter of Ed and Joanne Pylinski.

The American Legion Post 1311 held a flag burning ceremony at the Veterans Park, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 P.M.

The Edmeston Free Library had its bi-monthly meeting at the home of Don and Irene Howard on Monday evening, November 10th.

Many thanks to the members of Troop 9, Boy Scouts of America, and their leaders, for the help with the Election Day Supper. The help was greatly appreciated.

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Edmeston November 2, 2008

Last week, the first snow fall of the season came as quite a surprise. School was delayed for two hours and many residents were without power for two or three days.

Monday morning, the ladies of the United Methodist Church gathered at the Legion Hall with potato peelers in hand. The job ahead, to peel the potatoes for the Election Day Dinner (no instant stuff for them)!

The Edmeston Tea Circle has chosen the Edmeston Opera House for their Bicentennial miniature. If you are a regular collector, your name is on the Tea Circle list. If not, reserve a miniature by calling Irene Howard 965-6255 or Marge Rowlands 965-8715. If you’re fond of Marge’s Apple Pizza Pie, she will take your order. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 22nd when you will be able to pick up your miniature. There will also be fine baked goods on sale and official Town of Edmeston Bicentennial items as well. Think Christmas and get your shopping done early and close to home.

Veterans Day Service. On November 11, 2008, there will be a Veterans Day Service at the school. This will start at 7:00 P.M. and will feature General Robert Purple as speaker.

Sunday, November 9th, the American Legion will conduct a flag burning service at the Veterans Park at 3:00 P.M.

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Edmeston October 26, 2008

The Edmeston Town Board held it’s October meeting in South Edmeston, with several residents present. South Edmeston and West Edmeston are part of the Township of Edmeston, and the Board tries to have one meeting a year at each of these locations.

The Edmeston Branch of NBT Bank, will be holding a “Customer Appreciation Day”, November 12, 2008. 2:00 P. M. to 4:30 P.M. This is to thank the loyal customers of the Bank, and also to recognize the following promotions in this branch: Deb Peter, Branch Manager, Lesley Kobler, Customer Service Representative and Stella Schworm, Head Teller. Congratulations to these employees. Brian Lent (Financial Advisor) will be present to answer questions or schedule an appointment. Refreshments will be served!

Everyone is urged to vote in the Presidential Election on November 4, 2008.

The United Methodist Church is once again having the Annual Election Day Dinner (Nov. 4, 2008) Serving starts at 4:30 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the School. This is a donation dinner and features Roast Turkey with all the trimmings and home made pie. (Take Outs are available).

The Annual Rotary Club Halloween Party is Friday Night (Oct. 31, 2008) starting at 6:30 P.M., with games, fun, a big parade and refreshments. This takes place at the School.

It’s that time of year again…..don’t forget to set you clocks back one hour when you retire Saturday Night. Standard time returns!

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Edmeston October 19, 2008

Congratulations to the Edmeston Girls Soccer team on winning the Tri Valley Championship!

The handicap access ramp at the United Methodist Church has been completed and is ready for service.

The two fourth grade classes toured the Local Museum on Wednesday. This has been done every year and is in connection with the Local History part of their studies now taking place. The students are able to see many items that are from the past and also ask questions. Some of the questions are very interesting, but when you consider these students weren’t even born when these things were in use, it make for a good experience.

The Edmeston Rotary Club Halloween Party will take place at the School on October 31st. Starting at 6:00 P.M., there will be games and fun, followed by a parade and refreshments.

Looks like November is going to be a busy month. The time changes back to Standard Time on the 2nd. Election Day is the 4th (Presidential Election – don’t forget to VOTE) Annual Election Day Supper, Sponsored by the United Methodist Church, starting at 4:30 P.M. at the School. Veterans Day November 11th and of course, Thanksgiving November 27th.

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Edmeston October 12, 2008

Many people use the Columbus Day weekend to close camps, fold tents and get camping trailers ready for Winter. They certainly had perfect weather this year to do those things.

Wes & Rosemary Stephens took advantage of the long weekend by taking a bus trip to Vermont.

Congratulations to Mike & Sharon Stevens on the birth of a new daughter. Alicia Marie Stevens came into this world on Sep. 30th, weighing 7lb 7oz and 20 inches long. I understand the Hospital was very busy that day and Alicia was number 6 in line to be born. Paternal Grand Parents are Ed & Deb Stevens of Edmeston and Maternal Parents are John & Cathy Walsh of Long Island.

Marilyn Carnrike has returned home from the hospital

The Handicap Access Ramp at the United Methodist Church is coming right along. Weather permitting, they hope to complete it this week.

The Rotary Club will once again sponsor a Halloween Party at the school. This will take place on Halloween, October 31st.

A book committee will go to Vestal on Oct. 31st to select 600 books from the Four County Library System. After the selection, these books will be sent to the Edmeston Free Library, so watch for new titles and good reading to arrive shortly.

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Edmeston October 5, 2008

What ever happened to Thanksgiving? For better than a month now, the stores have had Halloween merchandise, now they are getting ready for Christmas! Have we become so commercial we don’t recognize Thanksgiving? The dictionary says its “a day rendering thanks to God for blessings granted to nation”. It’s time we get back to some of the basics!

Weather permitting, work is to start on the handicap access ramp at the United Methodist Church this week.

Myrta Harrington celebrated on September 27th, by returning to Roberts-Wesleyan College, where she graduated 50 years ago. Congratulations Myrta!

The Open House, sponsored by the fire department was very well attended. The firemen and emergency squad members were on hand to answer questions and show the new tank truck and rescue truck. Children got to try on some of the equipment. In keeping with Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 – 11 there were various hand outs and information to make your home safe. If you missed the open house or didn’t pick up the hand outs, they are still available be contacting either Dave Green, 965-9930 or Art Klingler 965-8222.

Election Day will soon be upon us and just for information, the Methodist Church will once again have a turkey dinner at the school, so plan on voting and eating.

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Edmeston September 28, 2008

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK – Oct. 5 – 11, 2008
The Edmeston Fire Department is encouraging all area residents and their families to put their “safety first” by performing a home hazards inspection during Fire Prevention Week. You can pick up a checklist during the open house October 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M., or you can download one from: www.firepreventionweek.org

Little Sammy Eriksen spent Saturday night at his uncles house while his parents (Tom & Linda Eriksen) were in Pa. to attend a wedding.

The United Methodist Church Rummage Sale will be Thur. & Fri. (Oct. 9 & 10) at the Legion building. Sale starts at noon Thru. until 4:00 P.M. Fri. sale starts at 9:00 A.M. until noon and a bag sale from noon until 3:00 P.M.

A little rainy in the morning, but it cleared later for the Youth Festival. Although everyone was a little soggy, a good time was had and a fun day enjoyed.

If you have questions about the Local Laws that I mentioned last week, you can get a copy from the Town Clerk or download it from the official website: www.edmestonny.org

The Edmeston Fire Department is holding an open house, Sunday, October 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. This is the first day of Fire Prevention week. Meet firemen and squad members, see the new tanker truck and the new rescue truck. Get questions answered that you may have. Pick up a checklist to perform a home hazards inspection. This will be a very interesting time and should be attended by all. Refreshment will be served.

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Edmeston September 21, 2008

Monday at 11:07 A.M. Fall officially started. We have had a couple of frosts and some of the trees are showing some color. Wonder with all the crazy weather we have had if they will be very colorful this year.

The Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department is having an open house, Sunday, October 5th.from 1:00 to 4:00. Come see the new Tanker Truck and Rescue Truck. This is an ideal time to meet some of the firemen and ask questions that you may have. The Fire Department as well as Emergency Squad are always looking for new members. If you have ever considered either, but have questions, this is the ideal time to have these questions answered. Refreshments will be served.

A belated Congratulations to Deb Peter on her promotion to bank manager of the Edmeston Branch of NBT Bank. This has been a long time coming, but very well deserved.

The United Methodist Church will be having a Rummage Sale Oct. 9 & 10 at the Legion Building. Sale starts at noon and runs until 4:00 on the 9th. On Friday, the 10th, sale starts at 9:00 A.M. and runs until noon, but then a bag sale runs from noon until 3:00.

The Edmeston Youth Festival is scheduled for Sept. 27th and will feature a Craft Fair in the school from 9:00 to 4:00. A Chicken BBQ will take place in the North Street Parking lot from 11:00 to 3:00. Community Garage Sales and Soccer Games at Chesebrough Field will take place all day.

The Town of Edmeston has passed two local laws during the past few months that citizens should be aware of. The first places a ban on all Open Burning within the Town of Edmeston. Secondly a law banning Outdoor Furnaces within the Residential Hamlet Districts (areas covered by street lights) has been passed as well. You can obtain a copy of either of these laws from the Town Clerks office, or you can also download a copy at the official website of the town www.edmestonny.org

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Edmeston September 14, 2008

Ed, Joanne, Kip and Regina Pylinski camped at Alexander Bay over the Labor Day weekend. They discovered the Tibbetts Light House at Cape Vincent. Tibbetts is Joanne’s maiden name.

Bob & Helen Alcott have returned from a three week vacation to Bemidji, Minnesota. They went there to visit their daughter, Holly, husband Joe and son Jack. One of the highlights of the trip was being able to see Jack start his first day of school.

John & Dottie Blackman, Dick & Lori Saunders have returned to Peet Hook after taking a two week vacation to Russia. Think with all that is going on over there they are pretty happy to be home!

The Edmeston Free Library Board held their bi-monthly meeting at the home of Leon Schworm on Monday evening.

CHECK IT OUT! The bulletin board in front of the Municipal Building will be posting information on Town activities, announcements and general information. On your way to the bank/post office or library you will pass the bulletin board, so CHECK IT OUT!

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Edmeston September 7, 2008

Sunday night was the regular meeting of the Edmeston Emergency Squad at the firehouse. The Squad, as well as the fire department, are still looking for new members. If you are interested, contact a member.

Tom Eriksen had the misfortune to take a tumble while playing golf in the Troy Slentz Memorial Tournament. Sunday found him favoring his knee as he was to start bowling on Monday.

Gordon R. Terry, CFSP was elected President of the New York State Funeral Directors Association on August 26th at its annual convention at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing. Jim Atwell was guest Chaplin for the NYSFDA Convention. He and his wile Ann also presented an educational seminar “Survived by her Husband”, which dealt with a man’s grief. Jim presided at the Memorial Service, and the Installation Banquet.

Friends from the Edmeston area attending the convention were: Carrol and Van Robinson, Elsa and Mike Lampron, Sharyn and Jack Gibbons and Ann and Jim Atwell.

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Edmeston August 31, 2008

No matter how you look at it, another Labor Day has come and gone. This year we did have good weather which helps soften the blow that Summer is coming to an end.

Watch out for stopped school buses! Yes, school started for the students on Wednesday. We need to be reminded to watch for small children and stopped buses. Many times, first year students, especially, are either upset or anxious to get on/off a bus and will dart into the road. Lets be extra cautious and pay attention, besides, it’s the law!

We have a new arrival in Town. Steve and Laurie Goodrich have adopted a nice little baby boy. His name is Aaron-Timothy and he is from South Korea. Laurie has taken a leave of absence from teaching this year so that she and Aaron-Timothy can get to know each other. Congratulations to Steve and Laurie and their new addition.

Now that the days are getting noticeably shorter, and we will start staying inside more, perhaps even calling for a little heat – this is the ideal time to check batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

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Edmeston August 24, 2008

Oops, I goofed! I was going to give the date that I started writing the Edmeston column, but with the family reunion, thunderstorms, etc., I forgot to put it in. I first started writing the Edmeston column in March, 1999. Can’t believe it has been that long.

Karen Blackman, Escondida, California, has been spending some time with her parents, John and Dottie Blackman. She has now returned to California.

Seventeen members of Troop 9 recently traveled to Gettysburg, PA. While there, they toured the battlefield and town and also visited President Eisenhower�s farm. Over the course of three days, the Scouts hiked a total of eighteen miles while retracing the steps of the soldiers during the Battle of Gettysburg. On the way home, they stopped at Cabela�s in Hamburg, PA. More trips are planned in the near future. If this sounds interesting and you are a boy between 11 and 18, contact Dr. Johnson at 965-8613.

The Edmeston Free Library has purchased an informative book which had been recommended to the librarian. The title is “Gas and Oil at your Door”. Because so many have concerns about signing leases, the usual sign-out period for this book will be restricted to one week, so all may have a chance to be informed. The book may be renewed if no one is waiting for it. A reserve list has been started.

Have a careful, safe, Labor Day!

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Edmeston August 17, 2008

Hanah and Gavin Goodier from Pennsylvania are spending the week with Grandma and Grandpa Eriksen before returning home to start school.

The Schworm reunion was held at the home of Leon Schworm on Sunday with relatives from Albany, New Berlin and Edmeston. The weather was just great and a good time was had by all.

Ever wonder what happened forty years ago? You certainly couldn’t tell by reading the “Early Files” in the Gazette. For some reason they report happenings for twenty, thirty, fifty, sixty and even seventy years, but forty is skipped right over. I’m sure there must have been some births, deaths, weddings and what ever, lets give the paper a call and see why forty is left out.

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Edmeston August 10, 2008

Don’t think I ever remember having so many storms, and with such continuous lightning and thunder. Usually by now the lawns have almost quit growing and are starting to turn brown. Not this year, they are still nice and green and still growing.

A loyal reader tells me that Mary Lou Higgins had a Birthday. She was the guest of honor to celebrate her Birthday, August 6th. Those attending were: Shirley Larsen, Peggy Robinson, Stephanie Powell, Marion Wellner and Shirley Emhof. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Mary Lou!

The “Gazebo Club” recently discussed the pictures that Bob Nonenmacher puts up in Halil’s market every week. Do you know when he first started putting them up? (It was Schworm’s Store at the time). Give up? Bob started putting the pictures up in June, 2000, and has faithfully changed them every Wednesday. If you aren’t familiar with what I am talking about, stop in the store and check them out.

Talking about the pictures and when they were first put up makes me wonder if any one can tell me when I started writing the Edmeston column for the Gazette. Do you know? (answer next week)

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Edmeston Aug. 3, 2008

They say “no news is good news”, but in this case, no news is for a short column. It isn’t often that anyone gives me news, and I’m not always sure where I can get it. Come on folks, I’m sure someone must have something that would be of interest to the readers.

Congratulations to Gail and Monte Smith on their 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Carl and Marie Johansen will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 9th from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. at the Edmeston Fire House. Congratulations to Carl and Marie!

Have you noticed the “New Club” in Town? I think they call it “The Gazebo Club”. From the gathering I see there mornings, I think to join you must: be able to sit or stand for at least 10 minutes, be able to join in on the conversation (or add to it), discuss all kinds of topics and be able to laugh and enjoy the fellowship. It’s great to see these people enjoying themselves. Keep it up. Glad you have a place where you can meet.

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Edmeston July 27, 2008

Billed as “The Best Six Days of Summer”, the Otsego County Fair is this week in Morris. Many people no doubt will attend the fair rather than take a trip some place due to the price of gas.

Tim and Cindy Davis, Ohio, daughter, Jennifer and husband Greg, of Kentucky, were here visiting friends and relatives in the area. While here, they were able to attend the firemen’s convention and parade.

From the very start, to the very end, the Firemen’s Convention was a big success. Everyone who had a part in it in anyway is to be commended. With the number of people who attended (especially the parade) come Sunday afternoon, you wouldn’t know that there had even been a convention in Town. The groups and people in Town have always been good at helping each other and that is just one good thing about Edmeston. Fire Chief Artie Klingler wants everyone to know that he appreciated all the help and support!

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Edmeston July 20, 2008

It just occurred to me that we have passed the longest day of the year, and are now starting down the other side. Soon will be County Fairs, Youth Days, State Fair, then Labor Day and the start of school….where does the time go?

Bill and Nancy Sherwood, Jeannine Palmiter and Lorraine Corts, enjoyed a picnic supper at Summit Lake, Saturday. The evening air was perfect and the food just great. A good time was had by all.

Chuck and Sandi Muhl, Clay, New York, visited Wes and Rosemary Stephens, Saturday. They came to help wish Rosemary a Happy Birthday (July 23rd) Happy Birthday Rosemary!

Leon Schworm, presided over the double ring wedding ceremony on July 5th for Sandra Harter and Lewis Campbell at South New Berlin.

Twin fawns and their mother just narrowly missed getting hit late Sunday afternoon on Wharton Creek Road. The fawns are young enough that they still have spots.

Little Sammy Eriksen spent the weekend with his uncle, while his parents (Linda & Tom Eriksen) and Grand Parents (Junior & Irene Jaquay) attended a wedding in Pennsylvania. He was a good boy, but glad when his parents returned.

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Edmeston July 13, 2008

The Edmeston Fire Department hosted the 125th Otsego County Firemen’s convention this past weekend. The weather was good and everyone seemed to have a good time. The banquet was on Friday night at the school. John Parker was the guest speaker and talked about Otsego County. I understand he did an excellent job.
To end the convention, a big parade came up South Street and turned up West Street to the carnival grounds. The evening ended with a fireworks display. The Star Spangled Banner took on a new look for most of us. The Delhi fire department had their aerial truck here and placed it near the fireworks area with it fully extended and an American flag at the very top. With the fireworks in the background it made you think of “rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air” from the Star Spangled Banner. It gave you an idea of what Francis Scott Key must have seen when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner.

The Edmeston Free Library board met Monday night at the home of Dick and Lori Saunders on East Street.

Kim Pylinski, New Orleans, La. is visiting her parents, Ed & Joann Pylinski as well as other family and friends in the area.

Jan Piazza spent the weekend with Ed & Joann Pylinski and attended the Alumni banquet. While here she went to Brookfield and also attended the graduation party of her grandniece, Helen Helmer, in Whitesboro.

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Edmeston July 6, 2008

By the time this goes to press, the Otsego County Firemen’s Convention will be under way in Edmeston.
Don’t miss the Community Garage Sales on Saturday, as well as the big parade, Saturday evening, starting at 6:00 P.M., followed by a huge fireworks display. Good time for all!

Don’t sign before you know how this will affect you! Attorney Christopher Denton will be at the Edmeston Central School, July 15th at 7:00 P.M. to explain, and answer questions pertaining the Natural Gas Drilling. Please don’t make any agreements with anyone until you know the facts. This is a very important meeting, don’t miss it!.

At the Alumni Banquet the other night, officers for the coming year were elected. They are: President: Diana Parker, Vice President, Barb Finley Pylinski, Treasurer, Artie Klingler and Secretary: JoAnn Lindberg Van Vranken.

Guess the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, pertains the organizations as well as other things. Last weeks Rotary meeting found the same slate of officers running as last year. In case you have forgotten, they are: President: Scott Porter, Vice President: Christine Lindberg, Secretary, Dave Green, and Treasurer, Barb Fallis.

See you at the Firemen’s field for an enjoyable time!

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Edmeston June 29, 2008

Rain, rain, go away was the chant being uttered by those trying to have graduation parties, before, during and after graduation. The rain did hold off for the actual graduation.

The Edmeston Central School Alumni Association held its annual banquet on Saturday evening with 234 in attendance. A warm evening, but enjoyed by everyone.

Members of the Class of 1963, presented a memorial in honor of Terry Graves, who gave his life for his country. Terry was a member of the class of 1963.

Be informed before you enter into an agreement for Natural Gas drilling. There will be an informational meeting, July 15th at 7:00 P.M. at the Edmeston Central School. Attorney Christopher Denton will be on hand to explain the do’s and don’ts of entering into an agreement. This is a very important meeting!

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June 22, 2008

My article last week about the crickets brought several comments and observations. One lady even said her husband cranked up his hearing aid, but still didn’t hear them, so guess we don’t have them any more.

Have you noticed the large “pesky” flies that were imported to supposedly eat the tent caterpillars? Seems like most of the caterpillars have been taken care of – wonder what our government will do about the flies. (I have heard they only live a few days, so guess it will take care of itself.

There are at least four couples in our area celebrating 50 years of marriage. Congratulations go out to: Bill and Andrea Gott, Elaine and Wally Kellogg, Ron and Jill Bennett and Alice and Joe Quintin.

Last weeks Pennysaver had a notice about the Community Garage Sales, July 12th, stating there was a $5.00 fee to be put on the maps. This was in error! There is no charge, it’s free! Contact Michelle Tasior at 965-8041 before July 2nd to get on the maps.

Reading the Brookfield news by Janith Burch in last weeks Gazette where she says “no seniors were present at the alumni gathering” brings back memories. It was always the custom for the Seniors to come to the banquet as a class, and the Junior Class always acted as servers. Guess some of the good old traditions have given way to the “I don’t care” attitude.

The Baccalaureate Services for the Class of 2008, was hosted this year by the United Methodist Church, Sunday evening at 8:00P.M.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2008!

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Edmeston June 15, 2008

In the early morning hours (long before most of them are usually even awake) a bus pulled into the school parking lot to pick up the members of the Senior Class for their class trip to New York City. They left Thursday morning and are due to return late Sunday night.

While sitting on my front porch, enjoying the warm evening, I could hear the frogs croaking, see the blinking of the fireflies and enjoy nature in general, but something was missing. It took awhile before I realized that I didn’t hear the chirping of the crickets. Come to think of it, I don’t remember hearing them last year. What has happened to the crickets?

If you are planning to join the Community Garage Sales, July 12th, call Michelle Tasior at 965-8041 to get your name on the maps. It’s free, but you must contact her before July 2nd.

The Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports for the Edmeston Water District #1 (Public Water Supply ID#3800147) are available at the Town Clerks Office during regular business hours.

Just a note: First day of Summer if June 20th and Graduation is Sunday, June 29th. Have a good week!

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Edmeston June 8, 2008

If you missed the Historical Panels at Peet Hooks Days, or this past Sunday at the Community Church in South Edmeston, you can see them this coming Saturday (June 14th) in West Edmeston during their annual garage sales. The panels will be on display at the firehouse.

There is to be a public meeting, June 19th, at the Edmeston Central School at 7:00 P.M. This will be an informational meeting about “Habitat for Humanity”. Come to hear about this program and ask questions. Find out what this is all about.

For those of you with computers, if you want to view pictures from Peet Hook Days, check out the slide show atwww.edmestonny.org/peethookdays. It may take a little while to load, but you will be able to see the entire slide show.

The day of the Firemens Convention Parade (July 12th), there will be a community garage sale. To have your location put on the map, call Michelle Tasior 965-8041. In order to make up the maps, it is necessary that you call no later than July 2nd. There is no charge to have your name put on the map and with the convention activities there should be a good turn out.

Happy Fathers Day!

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Edmeston June 1, 2008

View a photo slideshow from the recent Peet Hook Days by clicking here …

The weather has been far from ideal for anyone camping. Many folks had planted their gardens, as they usually do around Memorial Day, only to have them freeze. With the high price of produce, more and more will be having a garden this year.

Have you noticed the nice banners along the streets? Some are American flags, some for the Bicentennial and the newest ones for the Firemen’s Convention, July 10, 11 & 12. Once again a reminder, if you are planning on having a float in the parade, July 12th, it is most important you contact Linda Eriksen 965-8544 to get signed up for a spot. Spaces are limited, so to be sure you have one, contact her.

Congratulations to the Edmeston Baseball team for the win on Saturday. It looked like Mother Nature wasn’t going to cooperate, but she finally let the sky clear and the game took place.

Two important days are rapidly approaching. The first will be Fathers Day, June 15th, then close behind will be graduation on June 29th. It always seems like a long way off, but it will sneak up on you.

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Edmeston May 25, 2008

With the Memorial Day Holiday, (Monday) I’m not just sure when the paper will print, so will send my column in early.

It looks like the parade for the Firemen’s Convention (July 12th) is going to be a big one! I am told that if you or an organization you know of are planning on entering a float, please contact Linda Eriksen (965-8544) to be sure of a spot in the line-up.

7th Annual Perennial Sale. The Perennial Sale sponsored by the Edmeston United Methodist Women will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008, 9 AM to 4 PM, at the corner of St. Hwy 80 and 51 North. The Perennials are proven hardy as they are from local gardens and have multiplied despite pruning by local wildlife. There will be a variety of plants suitable for tall background plantings, sun and shade gardens, rock gardens and ground covers. Cannas and Calla Lilies will be new to the inventory this year. For questions, call Faith Smith 965-6742.

Sometimes its hard to know when a caption fits a picture. This was the case Saturday when two ladies from the Edmeston Fire Department planted flowers on the bank in front of the firehouse. Decked out in blue slacks, the gals worked very hard to complete the project. Someone passing by called me to see if it would be called “Blue Moon” or
“Full Moon”. Regardless of the caption, the gals did a great job.
Thanks Terry & Patty!

 

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Edmeston May 18, 2008

The Bicentennial “Peet Hook Days” is now a page in history. Friday found the chicken BBQ by KNK Poultry, the concert by Zero Gravity, Beard and Bonnet contest, followed by the sock hop with music by Jim Fistrowicz.

Saturday started off with a donation breakfast by the Alaskan Mission Team. From 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. activities included Old Time Work Displays, Old Time Games for the kids, Gas engines/equipment, Old car displays. The John Farrell concert was at 11:00 A.M. followed by the Pathfinder Bell Ringers at noon.

Activities continued on Sunday with local church services, a Town Baseball game (in the rain) with an old time team from Cooperstown. The Benjamin’s concert at 3:00 P.M. followed by an Ice Cream Social at 4:00 P.M. and a pie auction (Don Turnbull, auctioneer) and raffle drawing.

Chairman for the Peet Hook Days portion was Alan Sheldon and he is to be congratulated for a superior job. Many, many thanks to everyone who took part in any way to make this the huge success is was. Well over 350 people attended the various activities.

The Boy Scout Explorers, Troop 139, recently placed Firemen’s Flags and the American Legion placed American Flags in the local cemeteries. Memorial day parades are: 9:00 A.M. West Edmeston, 11:00 A.M. Edmeston and 1:30 P.M. Burlington Flats. The Edmeston Rotary Club will have their annual Chicken BBQ following the Edmeston Parade.

Everyone, please have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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Edmeston May 11, 2008

The sun greeted mother this morning for her “Special” day. By afternoon, it clouded up up, but all in all a nice “Mothers Day”.

The Rotary Club worked last Wednesday to clean up the Veterans Park. Some shrubs were removed and trees trimmed. The gazebo was pressure washed. This was a great job and much needed. Now if the kids will only take pride and keep it looking nice. The Rotary is asking the public to try to keep an eye on who is there and what they are doing.

“Peet Hook Days” is ready to take place in full swing this weekend. There will be lots to see and do, so plan on attending and taking part, after all, a Bicentennial doesn’t come along every day!

The Edmeston Free Library Board, met at the home of John & Dottie Blackman on Monday evening. Dottie reported that a new selection of books has arrived from the Four County Library System, so there is lots of good reading available.

Congratulations to Lisa Jensen, Valedictorian and Matthew Layton, Salutatorian, Edmeston Central School. These two have worked hard to achieve this honor. Lisa plans to attend Cazenovia College to major in interior design. Matthew will attend Utica College to major in Pre-medicine.

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Edmeston May 4, 2008

To all the Mothers and Grand Mothers, Happy Mothers Day, May 11, 2008. It’s your day, so have a good one!

Ed & Joanne Pylinski have returned from visiting their daughter, Kim, in New Orleans. While there, they toured the French Market, had coffee at Cafe DuMont, toured the city and walked up Bourbon Street and enjoyed all the good music. On the way home, they visited Marion Pylinski in Virginia.

The Bicentennial Committee met in the Town Clerks Office, Monday evening, to put the final touches on the plans for “Peet Hook Days” (May 16, 17, & 18) Incase you didn’t get a pamphlet listing the activities for the weekend, they are available in the stores as well as the bank. Looks like thee will be lots to do and enjoy!

The Edmeston Rotary Club will once again have their Chicken BBQ on Memorial Day following the parade. I haven’t heard any thing different, so I guess there will be the usual parades (West Edmeston, Edmeston and the big one in Burlington Flats) will try to find out the times for sure.

Several people have entered floats in the Firemen’s Convention Parade on July 12th. There is still time if you or your club or organization want to enter. Call Linda Eriksen 965-8544 or John Keegan 965-8994 for details.

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Edmeston April 27, 2008

Troop 9 Boy Scouts, Johnny Knorr, David Johnson, Daniel Menendez and Nick Stueben, with Webelos Scout Brian Knorr, helped to stock Wharton Creek on Friday, April 18th. All you lucky anglers should thank the Scouts for their hard work. If you want to know where they hid the really big ones, come to the Scout meetings on Sunday nights.

The Scouts were busy as beavers (no pun intended) on April 20th when they raked and cleaned up the West Edmeston cemetery. Johnny Knorr, Justin Kucera, David Johnson and Nick Stueben had lots of help from some Pack 9 Cub Scouts, Wolfgang Clements, Roland Clements and Jonathon Dunham. The cemetery looks great! The community is lucky to have such dedicated young men in our midst.
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It’s time to Spring into action! Yes, the Watercress Greenhouse (Scott Convis) will be open for business on May 3rd with a great selection of plants and flowers. Don’t forget Mothers Day, May 11, 2008.

The Library book sale was very well attended. In understand quite a few of the Bicentennial items were sold also. Many thanks to all.

Has a child ever ask you how they make quilts or a chair? Saturday, May 17th (Peet Hook Days) will be the perfect time to answer questions like that and show them how its done as well as other old time things. This will take place at ECS in the old gym from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Pamphlets telling the activities that will take place at Peet Hook Days are available in stores and the bank. Sure sounds like an exciting and enjoyable weekend.

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Edmeston April 20, 2008

Help is needed with “Dotties Dilemma”. Dottie Blackman has a surplus of books at the library, can you help? Actually its time for the Annual Book Sale. This will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the library from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. A great time to pick up some good reading.

“Peet Hook Days” May 16, 17 & 18, 2008. This is a continuing celebration for the Bicentennial. Pamphlets listing activities, times and dates are available in the stores and also the bank. In connection with “Peet Hook Days”, there will be a beard and bonnet contest, so men, let your whiskers grow and ladies start sewing those bonnets. Prizes are to be awarded for beards, bonnets, and theme costumes. There will be a pie auction and ice-cream social at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, May 18th and the raffle drawing.

The Otsego County Firemen’s Convention is to be held in Edmeston this year. This was planned to coincide with the Bicentennial. Saturday evening, July 12, 2008 there will be a huge parade. In addition to the various fire departments, they are requesting any organization or group who would like to enter a float or march in the parade, contact Linda Eriksen 965-8544 or John Keegan 965-8994, after 5:00 P.M. Lets get out and put some effort into this parade as a Bicentennial doesn’t come along every day!

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Edmeston April 13, 2008

Interested in joining the Boy Scouts? Dr. Bill Johnson has been appointed Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 9, and they are looking for new members. The Scouting program is open to boys, age 11 to 18. If interested, call Dr. Johnson at 965-8613,

The Troop appreciates the Communities support with their ongoing bottle drives. Collection boxes are located at the Town Hall in Burlington Flats and by KNK Poultry in Edmeston. If you have a large number of bottles, contact them and they will come pick them up. Revenues from the bottle return funds are used to support the activities for the troop for the year.

Justin Kucera was recently awarded his Star rank. David Johnson, Johnny Knorr and David Kucera were awarded their Second Class rank – Congratulations! If you should see any of these boys, congratulate them for their achievements.

The Bicentennial Committee would like to thank the Scouts for leading the parade at the Community Birthday Party and also for leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Edmeston Central baseball team won their first league game – congratulations! Hope the winning streak continues.

The Edmeston Water Board has been searching and testing for a large leak that has been lowering the Town water supply. Good News! the leak has been located and no doubt by the time this goes to press, will be repaired.

The “Echoes of the Past” Revisited book, put out by the Bicentennial Committee, has created quite a lot of good comment. If you didn’t get a copy and would like one, they are available at the bank. Calendars, books, maps, mugs, plates and throws are also available, at the library.

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Edmeston April 6, 2008

Happy Birthday – Edmeston” rang out several times during the celebration in the gymnasium Tuesday Night. Over three hundred gathered to celebrate the founding of the Town of Edmeston 200 years ago. The school band provided music while people found seats. The band performed marching music for the Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and other groups to march in. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Boy Scouts. Martha Winsor, School Principal, opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone. A letter from newly appointed Governor David Patterson and proclamations from Senator James Seward and Assemblyman William Magee and Otsego County Representative Betty Ann Schwerd were read.

Jessica Conboy, designer of the logo, was recognized and presented with a mug with the logo on it, by Bicentennial Chairman, Leon Schworm.

In recognition of 31 years of service as Town Historian and Museum Curator, Bob Nonenmacher was presented with a clock from the Edmeston Free Library Board.

Following the ceremony, everyone adjourned to the cafeteria where they enjoyed displays, cake, punch, coffee and Stamp Cancellations. Memorabilia was also available.

People are now looking forward the May 17th & 18th when the Bicentennial will continue with “Peet Hook Days” (a trip back to yester-year) Plan on joining us then!

Trout fishermen were out in full force this weekend. The streams were still a little high, but that didn’t seem to stop them.

Sunday found many folks out cleaning up from Winter. The sun was out and a little breeze, but temperature was just about right to work.

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Edmeston March 30, 2008

March came in like a lion, but as I write this, it looks like it may go out as a lamb. It certainly didn’t look like it Friday morning when we woke up to six inches of heavy, wet snow. The trees were beautiful, but many of them suffered from the weight of the snow. Several areas were without power for a number of hours. We usually seem to have one snow like this before it clears the air and Spring arrives. Lets hop this was it!

Even with our crazy weather, they tell me the maple syrup season is the best it has been in several years.

New front doors have been put on the United Methodist Church. This is the first stage of a project that will end up with a handicap access into the Church.

The cake contest, sponsored by the Wharton Valley Grange #991 had over fifteen entries. Sorry I can’t give the results, but they won’t be available until long after this has gone to print. From all indications, the attendance for the Town Birthday Party is going to be great.

With the temperature hovering around zero this morning (Sunday), the members of the Edmeston Fire Department left at 6:45 A.M. for a controlled burn in South Edmeston. It’s very comforting to know that regardless of the weather, these devoted people are there when we need them!

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Edmeston March 23, 2008

A little cool for the Sunrise Services, but at least not storming. Easter Sunday turned out to be quite nice, even though there was a cool breeze. Seems good to see the sun!

Think I’m about the last person to see robins, but fear not, I saw one Sunday. I also noticed in a couple of places where the pussy willows are out. Shouldn’t be long now before we see more signs of Spring.

I saw Gloria Cole in Town Saturday, so guess that means the migration of the Winter birds has started. It’s always nice to see them back. Welcome home Gloria.

Haven’t heard how many entered the cake contest sponsored by Wharton Valley Grange #991, but its bound to be a good time. Contest winners will be announced at the Bicentennial Birthday Party, April 1st. Please keep in mind that the Bicentennial Program starts at 6:00 P.M. sharp (at the school) followed by the party. From all indications this will be a fun event. Hope to see you there!

Bicentennial Stamp Cancellations will be done in West Edmeston and Edmeston Post Offices on April 1st. If you collect stamps or know someone who does, or if you just want something to remember the event, be sure to be there. Efforts are being made to have the cancellations continue at the school in case you didn’t get to the Post Office. Not sure if we can arrange that or not.

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Edmeston March 16, 2008

The Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary, was a huge success! Over 70 children took part, and even though it was cloudy and cool, everyone had a good time. Some of the children were unable to attend because of practice at church, so the auxiliary took eggs to the church for them. No one was left out!

The Wharton Valley Grange #991, is sponsoring a “Cake Contest” in conjunction with the Bicentennial celebration on April 1st. Entry forms are available in the Bank & Hoyt’s Hardware, also from Alicia Bowen at school. Deadline to enter is March 25th. Come join the fun!

Dave Green is spending a week with his parents, Alice & Owen Green in North Carolina.

Although they came from all parts of the great U.S.A., seven members of the Class of 1956, Edmeston Central School, had a mini reunion at The Village’s in Florida. Members present were: Ken & Sandy Haggerty, Cooperstown, Fred & Pat Page, Virginia, Dick & Carroll Winters, New Lisbon, Beverly & David Wilson, Richfield Springs, Linda & Bill Reidenbach, Port Charlotte, Fl. and George & Pat Twist, Texas. A great time reminiscing was enjoyed by all.

Marilyn Davis, Lebanon, Ohio, is visiting Terry Benson, in Belleview, Florida. Both of these fine ladies are former residents of Edmeston and Burlington Flats.

“Bunny of the Year” (not Playboy) Award, goes to Seeber Robinson. He sold the most chocolate Easter Bunnies for the Edmeston Rotary Club. At the Rotary meeting, he was presented with an Award – a Star & a Bunny! Congratulations Seeber!

The Bicentennial Birthday Party (April 1st) will soon be here. Make plans to attend and enjoy the History of the founding of Edmeston. The program starts at 6:00 P.M. sharp at the school. Following the program there will be cake, coffee and punch in the cafeteria, where there will be panels with pictures of the past, commemorative calendars and commemorative items as well as copies of the Bicentennial book “Echoes of the Past” Revisited. This will be a very enjoyable time and a great way to learn more about Edmeston. Winners of the Grange Cake Contest will also be announced then.

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Edmeston March 9, 2008

Some people have reported seeing robins and even red winged black birds. I always feel sorry for the birds when they get here and it turns so cold and snowy, but I guess Mother Nature will take care of them.

The Edmeston Free Library held their bi-monthly meeting, Monday evening, March 10th at the home of Lorraine Corts on East Street. The Bicentennial throws are still available and a committee was formed to have them on display and for sale at the Community Birthday Party, April 1st.

Ed & Joanne Pylinski celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Feb. 29th. at Fred’s Inn. The party was organized by Kip & Regina. Keith made a speech about their childhood, with Kevin and Kip adding to the story. Ed’s sister Jan was there from Kingston and Kim sent flowers from New Orleans. They also received congratulations from President and Mrs. Bush.

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary, will take place Saturday, March 15th (weather date March 22nd). The hunt will start at 10:00 A.M. on the front lawn of Tom & Linda Eriksen’s on South St.

Make plans to attend the Community Birthday Party, April 1st, at the school. Come help celebrate the founding of the Edmeston Township, 200 years ago. A short historical program will be presented at 6:00 P.M., followed by displays of historical panels, sale of Bicentennial items and commemorative items as well as the “Echoes of the Past” revisited book. All this plus Birthday Cake! Postal cancellations will take place in West Edmeston and Edmeston on April 1st also.

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Edmeston March 2, 2008

It won’t be long before the “Snow Birds” start coming back North. Sunday, March 9th, we go on day light savings time. Don’t forget to set your clock ahead (Spring Ahead) one hour.

Look out folks! The sun was out Sunday and so was Gary Harrington, starting and fine tuning his lawn mower. For the past few years, he has been the first to mow his lawn, and I guess this year won’t be any different.

Don’t forget the chicken and biscuit dinner, March 14th. Serving from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall (old Legion building – the other building is the Municipal building). This donation dinner is sponsored by the United Methodist Church, with proceeds going to the Handicap Access Project at the Church.

The Easter Bunny is making big plans for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary. This is scheduled for March 15th at Tom & Linda Eriksen’s front lawn. The hunt will start at 10:00 A.M. (Bad weather date, March 22nd) The Easter Bunny will be on hand, so bring your cameras.

With all the talk about Easter Bunnies and Egg Hunts, just a quick reminder that Spring arrives March 20th with Easter following closely on March 23rd.

Plans are in place for the Community Birthday Party. 200 years ago on April 1st, the Town of Edmeston was founded. Everyone is invited to the school (April 1st) to celebrate this event. A short historical program will take place at 6:00 P.M., followed by displays and items for sale and oh yes, Birthday Cake. The Grange is organizing a cake baking contest; results to to announced at the party. Postal cancellations at West Edmeston and Edmeston will also be done on April 1st. Sounds like a great time. Watch for posters and newspaper ads with more information!

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Edmeston February 24, 2008

I goofed again! In last weeks Gazette I put that the Spanish class had gone to Spain, when in fact, they went to Mexico. Oh, well, they went some place where they could try out what they have hopefully learned. They are now home, and tired. A great experience!

The Methodist Church is planning a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner, March 14th at the old Legion Hall. Serving from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M. This is by donation with the proceeds going to the Handicap Access Project at the Church.

If you want an “Echoes of the Past” Revisited book at the prepublication price, your order must be postmarked no later then March 1, 2008.   Download an Order Form Here

The Edmeston Rotary Club is taking orders for chocolate Easter Bunnies. You have a choice of white or milk chocolate, but orders must be in by March 2, 2008. Call Scott Porter @965-9882 to place your order.

The Bicentennial Committee has been meeting for almost two years to make plans to celebrate the founding of Edmeston, 200 years ago. The first event, one of several, will be a Community Birthday Party. This will take place at the school on April 1st (the actual founding day) from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. There will be a short historical program, starting at 6:00, followed by a Birthday cake. The grange is organizing a baking competition; results to be announced at the party. Postal cancellations at Edmeston and West Edmeston will be done on April 1st also. Other dates and coming events will be posted (Historical tours, maps & CD’s, Peet Hook Days, etc.) Watch for more information and plan on helping to celebrate the 200th Birthday.

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary is scheduled for March 15th on the Eriksen’s front lawn starting at 10:00 A.M. Weather date March 22nd.

Al Pylinski, Chuck & Audry Arnold and Bill & Nancy Sherwood flew to Texas where they celebrated the 40th Wedding Anniversary of Bonnie & Terry Thompson, former Edmeston residents.

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Edmeston February 17, 2008

Race Fans gathered at Jensen’s Speed Shop, Sunday, to watch the NASCAR Race. This has become an annual event, with food and lots of cheering. It won’t be long before some of these fans will be starting their own engines.

Congratulations to Ron Tasior, who will be inducted into the Section Four Hall of Fame. On March 1st at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton the induction will take place. A three time Daily Star Coach of the year in baseball, Ron capped a 35 year coaching career in 2005.

Members of the ECS Spanish class left for a trip to Spain early Saturday morning. The students, Lisa Jensen, Samantha Benjamin, Emily Stringham and Cory Damulis were accompanied on the trip by Darlene Damulis, Beth Stringham and Ed. Telfer. The group is to return on Sunday, March 24th.

A granddaughter of Bob and Berni Nonenmacher has just been selected, for the second year in a row, to compete iDottie Blackman Book Signing for "New York Patriots"n the Junior Olympics in the cross country ski events. Jordan is the daughter of
Tomi Nonenmacher Stern. The event will be held in Anchorage, Alaska in mid March.

With a trumpet fanfare, by Larry Gay, the book signing by Dottie Blackman was officially opened. Dottie signed 53 books and had sold 80 prior to the signing. She still has a few books, but not many, so if you didn’t get yours, see her soon before they are all gone. A picture of the signing is to your right.

Time is getting short to order the “Echoes of the Past” Revisited book at the prepublication price. Order forms are available at the bank and also the library.

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Edmeston February 10, 2008

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Edmeston Fire House on February 19th from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Donors are needed!

The Edmeston Rotary Club is having a Fruit Sale. Delivery is scheduled for February 27th in the afternoon. They are offering California Navel Oranges $24.00 case or $13.00 1/2 case, Grapefruit is the same price as the oranges. Ida Red Apples will also be available at $20.00 case or $12.00 1/2 case. For further information or to arrange a pick up time or even have your order delivered, call Scott Porter 965-9882.

Don’t forget the “Miracle” Spaghetti Supper on February 15th with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church. Admission is a jar or can of spaghetti sauce and a pound of dry spaghetti or if you would rather a cash donation. The proceeds from this event will go to the Edmeston Food Bank. This supper is sponsored by the United Methodist Church.

Dottie Blackman was the guest speaker at the Edmeston Rotary Club, last Wednesday evening. She told about her writing hobby which includes selling greeting cards, magazine articles and stories. She has just had a book published by North Country Books, entitled “New York Patriots”. This is historical fiction depicting events and battles in New York State during the American Revolution  Fifteen patriots are featured, including Adam Helmer, our local hero. Dottie will be a Halil’s Market on Friday, February 15th for a book signing. She will be there from 8:00 AM until noon. Books will also be available at the library during regular hours.

Born to Bill & Kelly Schmidt, Bridgewater, N.J. a baby boy, Brandon Roscoe Schmidt, January 23, 2008. Brandon is the grandson of Manfred & Dina Schmidt & Keith & Adelle Knapp of Brick, N.J., and the great grandson of Minnie Swayer of Edmeston. Minnie is celebrating her 88th birthday on February 14th. Congratulations to the proud parents and a very Happy Birthday to Minnie.

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Edmeston February 3, 2008

The Edmeston United Methodist Church is hosting its third Spaghetti “Miracle” Dinner, February 15th,at the Church, serving from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. This “miracle” dinner features: Spaghetti with meat sauce (meatless also available), tossed salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. Admission: one jar/can spaghetti sauce and one pound spaghetti (cash donations are accepted as well). The sauce/spaghetti or cash donations will go to support the Edmeston Food Bank.

Mayor Kent and wife Lynn, hosted a farewell gathering, Saturday evening in their home, for Shawn Pylinski.  Many old friends (and some not so old) were on hand to enjoy the evening and wish him well.

Don’t forget the Firemen’s Auxiliary BBQ, February 14th. Chicken by Brooks House of BBQ’s. Starting time is 3:00 P.M. and is $4.50 per half and will last until all sold out. This is always a big event, so get there early!

There are still a few Bicentennial Calendars for sale at the bank. Forms are also available to order the prepublication book “Echoes of the Past” Revisited.

For many years, Warren Miller, has been interested in looking for and collecting Indian Artifacts. He has put together a very nice display of these and now has donated them to the Edmeston Museum. A special display area has been created in the Museum. The Museum is open the first Saturday of each month, or by appointment by calling 965-8902.

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Edmeston January 27, 2008

After writing, re-writing and writing again, Dottie Blackman has finished writing a book, and it has just been published. She will soon schedule a book signing. Time, date and place will be listed in this column as soon as she lets me know the details. Congratulations Dottie!

Winter always tends to drag on, but cheer up, Saturday will be groundhogs day, which means we are through January.

Just a gentle reminder fellas, Valentines Day is Thursday, February 14th. Don’t forget your sweetheart!

Doesn’t seem possible, but Wednesday, February 6th is Ash Wednesday. Easter will be here before we know it.

The Annual Chicken BBQ, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary, will be at the firehouse, Thursday, February 14th, starting at 3:00 P.M. until all are sold. Price for 1/2 chicken is $4.50. Always a good turn out, so get there early.

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Edmeston January 20, 2008

The sun is getting higher in the sky each day and the length of the days are quite noticeable now.

The Bicentennial book “Echoes of the Past” Revisited, is at the printers. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, there are order forms at the bank and there is one in the back of the Bicentennial calendar.

If you tired to see the snow blower race pictures on the Town Web Site, there was a problem, but I understand that has been corrected, so try again.

The Bicentennial Throws being sold by the Edmeston Free Library are still available although the one that was on display at the bank is no longer there. If you would like one, see Dottie Blackman at the library or call Priscilla Turnbull at 965, 8688 or Leon Schworm at 965-8493. There are three colors to choose from.

Have you checked out the Historical pictures on display at the bank? These are changed every little while, so be sure to look every time at the bank.

I understand the American Legion has turned the building back over to the Town. Guess this will be the end of the breakfasts. The reason given was the expense to maintain the building (lights & heat) was more than they were making on the breakfast. The Town at the present time will continue letting organizations use the building, while they look into other options. If you have any good ideas, let the Town Board know.

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Edmeston January 13, 2008

The Annual meeting of the Edmeston Free Library board, was held Friday evening, at the library. Business for the past year as well as the coming year was discussed.

The Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department held their Annual meeting Saturday night. The following members were voted in as: Chief, Art Klingler, Jr., 1st Asst. Lauren Waite, 2nd Asst. Scott Convis. President, Dave Green, Vice-President Rick Benjamin, Secretary Brent Benjamin and Treasurer, Ruth Hill.   Pins for years of service were given to Guy Carey, 61 years service, and John Chesebrough for 56 years service. Congratulations to these two firemen!

For the men who hate shaving, be advised that the Bicentennial Committee will be having a “beard & mustache” contest, judging to be at the Peet Hook days celebration in May. So that the ladies don’t feel left out, there will be a bonnet contest at the same time, so get out your needle and thread. More details to follow.

Shawn Pylinski has sold his house on South Street to Jeffrey & Donalu Emhof, and he will be soon moving to Pennsylvania.  Although he will be leaving the area, he has promised Mayor Kent and fans that he will return for the snow blower races. Pictures of this years race may be seen on the computer by going to the Town news on the Town web site at www.edmestonny.org

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Edmeston January 6, 2008

The “new look”!   Several people have commented on the “new look” of the Gazette. Some like it, while others say its too much like a pennysaver (can’t please everyone).

Karen Blackman has returned to her home in California after spending the Holidays with he parents, John and Dorothy Blackman. Was good to see her around town again!

The Annual meeting of the Edmeston Free Library board will, January 11, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.

The Bicentennial Committee met in the Town Clerks Office, January 7, 2008. Each committee gave a report on progress being made for the start of the celebration April 1st.

The Annual meeting of the Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department will be January 12th. The department as well as the Emergency Squad, is still looking for new members, so why not check to see if it’s something you might be interested in?

The Second 3rd Annual Snow blower race is in the books.  1st place went to Irving Stevens, Jerry Vibbard was 2nd with Mayor Kent in the 3rd position and 4th went to Shawn Pylinski.  Pylinski had the pole position and proceeded to hit the pole in the middle of the course while leading the pack at that point. Over 25 spectators showed up to enjoy the race and help bring in the New Year.

  
Mayor Kent awarded the beautiful trophy, donated gratuitously by Paul Jensen, to Irving Stevens .  The interest is really growing in this relatively new sport and it expected to have many more competitors next year.
 
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