Food pantry news
The food pantry is open every other Thursday at the new town garage. Barbara and her gang stand ready to help all with their food needs. Just a reminder, it is grant time, and the more who utilize the pantry, the more grant money we can be eligible for. Call Barbara at 327-3297, for any questions related to the food pantry or if you have need outside regular available times.
Franklin County public transit
The transit is making stops here in Paul Smiths for routes to Malone and other area towns. The cost is minimal, and the buses are handicap accessible if there is a need. Call 483-9000 for details and specific routes and times.
Fire department news
Thank you to all who supported the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department this past weekend at the cookout fundraiser. The Brighton History Days celebration was once again a great success! The fire department, as well as other vendors, sold lots of food, and many people enjoyed the historical exhibits on display.
The folks at Moody Tree farm, hosts of the annual History Days celebration, did a fantastic job of opening their doors for all to wander visiting with their many animals on the farm.
The highlight of the day was watching the pigs. One sow had some little piglets scurrying around with her, and another is ready to drop any time now. And there is one horse that has a "taste" for knowledge of the area history, as she kept chewing on the posters hung at her stable door.
Despite the rain on Sunday, everyone had a great time reminiscing about days gone by and the shenanigans that used to go on. "Slugger" Moody, owner/operator of Moody Tree Farm, and several other of the more senior members of the community kept us younger folks entertained with stories of when they were young and full of "pee and vinegar!" The "Good ole' days" as one senior described them.
Many people were also treated with the musical talents of the Irish music group Inisheer playing live, traditional Celtic music as well as putting a new twist on some classical favorites, such as their surprise ending with Pachabel's "Canon in D."
Now we are gearing up for the annual invitational canoe race to be held on St. Regis Lake and hosted by Paul Smiths College on Sunday, Aug. 3. Call Jim Tucker at 327-6300 for details of this event and entry information for various canoe race classes and entry fees. Young ones are welcome to enter this event as well as the more senior folks. After the race, the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department will be serving a cookout lunch for all.
The past few days, with all this rain, have been great time for reading and other indoor activities. I saw several young folks at the History Days; did you remember to write your adventures down in your diary? All the history of the area, seeing and petting the horses and pigs. I saw a few cows come up from the pasture area.
This rain isn't going to last like this all summer, we will have some bright and sunny days. Time to get outside and be active. I'm sure gardens will have to be weeded out from all this rain, lawns will have to be mowed and trimmed. And then the summer fun of bike rides and swimming.
Remember to use your sunblock with a strong SPF rating, and wear your helmet while ridding your bike, play hardy, but play safe too!
A simple, yet tasty cool treat to make now for a sunny day
Scoop out your favorite melon, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, with a melon baler tool, Mom can help you with this one, making little balls of melon. Place the balls spaced so they aren't touching each other on a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet in the freezer overnight, the next morning put your frozen melon balls in a freezer Ziploc baggie for a quick cool treat for the hot days, or anytime you want a quick treat!