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Fire department to hold Memorial Day fundraisers

May 20, 2008
By Dora Mose, brightonbuzz08@
Hi Everyone! And a big thank you to all who responded to my column in a great and resounding applause.

Fire department news

Again, I’d like to remind everyone about the upcoming fund raisers for the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department, which kick off with the annual coin drop on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Please help support this worthy cause.

News about town

There is a group of people, the Brighton Seniors, who meet each month for a get together luncheon.

The first Wednesday of each month, they meet at different establishments around the area. For the summer months, they venture out beyond the town of Brighton and during the winter months meet at local establishments such as Gus’ Corner Cafe, The Shamrock Inn, the Cafe at Paul Smith’s College or Samson’s Bar and Grill. Anyone interested in joining this vibrant group is encouraged to call Pat and Tom Willis at 327-3433, to get more information. There is an age limit; you must be at least 55 years old to join this group.

Another group that is little known of, but is gaining popularity is the Gabriels Breakfast club. This is a group of distinguished elderly gentlemen who meet at Gus’ Corner Cafe at 9a.m.Wednesday mornings. The group includes Frank Appleton, Bill Isham, Ike Skiff, Tom Norman, Ralph Bennett, Mark Tucker, Francis E. Martin, and Jack Lawless.

A big Hello go out to those gentlemen! They have a good time with tales of younger days in the town of Brighton, and jostling each other with a prank or two. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from these gentlemen in future columns. Keep reading to see what comes forth!


Pete and Nancy Henry celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 7.

Bob Eckert and Sheila Delarm celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on May 14.


Birthday wishes go out to Margaret “Pie Lady” Pierce, celebrated her 79th birthday on May 1.

Happy Mother’s Day

And a belated happy Mother’s Day to all Mom’s who celebrated on May 11.

Spotlight on community members

Each week I’d like to introduce you to a member of our community. This week is Mr. Dan Spencer. Dan is a member of the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department as our Fire Police Captain.

Dan has also been our Brighton Memorial Park attendant for the past ten years putting in many hours of keeping the park in order. I caught up with Dan at the fire department this past week, and had a chance to chat with him about the park. The park is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8p.m.


During the summer months, the park offers a basketball court, baseball diamond, volleyball net and various jungle gym and swing set activities to keep young people, and the young at heart, active.

In the winter months, the basketball court is flooded to offer an ice skating rink for winter time fun. During the winter or during bad weather, there are many indoor table type games to occupy time with. Dan told me he’d like to eventually have more play ground equipment to offer activity for younger toddlers as well.

The park pavilion is also open to the public, give Elaine Slater at the town hall a call to reserve a time for your picnic or other family/friends gathering.

See y’all next week! Have a good week everyone, and have a good time doing whatever you do.


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