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Whompers to perform at Red Tavern

April 15, 2009
By Deborah J. Donaldson

The Adirondack Presbyterian Church, of Lake Clear and St.Regis, will hold its worship services at the Lake Clear church for the rest of April. Worship service starts at 10:45 a.m. and coffee hour follows. All are invited to attend and bring a friend.

St. John in the Wilderness Church will hold mass Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8a.m. Gabriels Assumption holds their Mass on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. St. Paul's in Bloomingdale will have an Anticipated Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturday. All are invited to attend any of the above and bring a friend.

Reminder to all you pinochle card players: There will be no card party at St. John the Wilderness on April 19 only. The card parties will resume in May.

There will be a spaghetti supper held at St. John in the Wilderness from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Cost: $10 adults, $8 children and $4 for children under 10 years of age. The proceeds from this supper will be going toward a new sound system for the church.


The bookmobile will be at the Lake Clear post office parking lot from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 28. Plenty of good reading material for you and yours.


Please remember that Charlie's Inn at the Junction in Lake Clear will be re-opening on Friday, April 17 after a well-deserved vacation.


Congratulations to Joe and Danielle Brockway on the birth of their adorable twin daughters April 2, 2009. Madison Mae Brockway weighed 5 lbs. 9 oz. and was 18 1/2" long; sister Emilee Jane Brockway weighed 6 lbs. and was 19" long. They were Everyone is at home in Lake Clear getting to know each other.


Around town

The Methodist Church in Saranac Lake will be holding its spring rummage sale next week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. Donations may be left at the church any morning before April 21; please take donations downstairs and put them on the stage. We thank everyone in advance for your help. Items that will be available at the sale are: clothing in good condition (all sizes), electrical items in good condition, jewelry, linens, bathroom items, books, shoes, boots, puzzles, children's items, household items, small furniture. Stop by on April 23, 24 and 25 and shop till you drop. For more information, call Charlotte Hall at 891-2129 or Deborah Donaldson at 891-4199. We appreciate your help.

There will be a card party every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Town Hall. Grab your favorite pinochle player and join your friends in an evening of fun card playing. For more information, call Augie Simpson at 891-4398.


Whompers 2009 Mud Season Tour

For all you Whompers followers, you are in for a treat. The band will be on their mud-season tour starting with an hour-long show at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Paul Smith's College. They will perform at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17 for another hour-long set where others will have an opportunity to jam with them. Last stop on the tour will be an 8 p.m. show Saturday, April 18 at the Red Tavern in Duane where they will entertain long into the night. I hope all of you know where the Red Tavern is in Duane.

The Whompers play an upbeat and eclectic mix of good old-time music and blues led by Chris Turner from Providence, R.I. on harmonica and Rachel Maloney on fiddle. Other band members are Curt Stager of Paul Smiths on banjo, Kary Johnson of Paul Smiths on bass, Michael Martin of Lake Clear on guitar, Sue Grimm of Saranac Lake on squeeze box and flute, and two new members, Jerry and Eric Bryant of Massachusetts, on guitars and drums.

I was curious about how they all got together and where the name came from. Curt Stager goes to Meadowlark Music camp in Maine every summer and they all meet there. As the story goes, Chris Rachel decided that they all were having a whomping-good time; hence, the name Whompers! With such mixed backgrounds, no wonder. If you are interested in hiring the Whompers for a fun-filled evening of music, please call Curt Stager at 327-3561. So folks, put on your dancing shoes and get out on April 16,17 and18 and have a whomping-good time.


Senior happenings

There will be a Volunteer Recognition Dinner held on Wednesday, April 22 at the Adult Center in Saranac Lake. Bingo will be at 2 p.m., wine and cheese at 4 p.m. and dinner served at 5 p.m. Following the dinner, recognition will be given to al volunteers who have made a huge difference in keeping the center running. Volunteers and spouses are admitted free; for everyone else, the cost is $5 for the meal. Call 891-2980 to make reservations.

An AARP drivers course will be held at the Adult Center from 1 to 5 p.m. April 29 and 30. For AARP members, the cost is $12; for non-members, the cost is $14. Applications to join AARP will be available those days. Call 891-2980 to make reservations.

The Adult Center bus will take people to Hojo's in Lake Placid for a night meal on Friday, April 17. Please call 891-2980 to check about the time the bus is leaving and to make your reservations.

On Saturday, April 25, the Adult Center bus will leave at 8:15 a.m. to go to the sugarbush at Paul Smiths for breakfast. You will learn all about making maple syrup. Call 891-2980 to make reservations.


Belated happy birthdays (Sorry, folks!)

April 5 Danielle Brockway

April 7 George Schaefer

April 10 Joan Schaefer



April 16 Jeannette Sheppard, Mary McLean, Kaylee McLean, Reginald Moody, Joseph Pickreign III

April 17 Patricia Blanchard, Eileen Leavitt

April 18 Roger Donaldson

April 19 Pat Thompson

April 20 Ted Salls

April 22 Harold Jaquis

April 23 Curt Reynolds

April 25 Maria Trumbull, Richard Hare

April 26 8-year-old David Rascoe

April 27 Dolores Comma, Shawn LaDue, 92-years-young Olga Sprague



April 15 9 years together for Randy and Patricia Greenia

April 16 73 years of togetherness for John and Hilda Pickreign

April 29 32 years together Allen and Karen Brown


Till next time, you can call 891-4199 with information for this column, and have a nice day.



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