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Ecumenical Council helps feed Tri-Lakers

November 25, 2009

St. John in the Wilderness church will hold their Mass at 8 a.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Gabriels Assumption will hold their Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. St. Paul's in Bloomingdale has an anticipated Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday. All are invited to attend any of these services.

St. John in the Wilderness church will not have a card party in December. The next card party will be held in January.

The Adirondack Presbyterian church will hold its worship service at the Lake Clear church. Worship service will start at 10:45 a.m. with coffee hour to follow. All are invited to attend and bring a friend.

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service and Dinner, held recently at the Lake Clear church, was very well attended. Community members from both churches, brought for the dinner more food then an army could eat. The turkey was provided for this meal. Delicious! Thanks to everyone who helped and everyone who attended.

The bookmobile will be at the Lake Clear post office parking lot from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. You are encouraged to stop by and pick up some great reading material.

Francis Dumont, Sister Carol and Father Paul Kelly recently took a day trip to Boonville to visit some of Sister Carol's relatives. Guess they all had a great time visiting.

The Tri-Lakes Snowmobilers, Inc. will hold its montly meeting at The Shamrock at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. New members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Brian Durkee at 891-3969.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Lake Clear seniors will be going to Nonna Fina in Saranac Lake for their Christmas party get together. Call Mary Wirsing at 891-3469 to make a reservation.

About town

The Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council has been moving forward in its reorganization efforts. An Ecumenical Council exists to manifest the common spirit and purpose of the cooperating churches in carrying out their mission in the community. In the past years the Ecumenical Council in Saranac Lake has been instrumental in establishing The Getaway, the food pantry and the Lunch Box.

Over past months, several people have addressed the group to offer suggestions and encouragement in their efforts to assist the needy in the Tri-Lakes area. Currently, the Ecumenical Council is pursuing incorporation which should enable the group to seek and receive funding for its community projects.

The meetings are held the first Monday of each month at participating churches in Saranac Lake. Anyone wishing to attend the meetings or participate in the projects may notify Joan Sleinkofer at 327-5083

The Christmas Food Box project is under way. In conjunction with the Holiday Helpers each family who participates in the program will receive a box of food. Holiday Helpers serves needy families of the Saranac Lake Central School District with gifts of toys (collected at the Best Western motel) and clothing (those Christmas ornaments you choose each year).

Food is received from many different sources: church donations of canned goods and funds; a huge order from the Northeastern Food Bank in Latham, commercial, and individual donations; Stewart's donates milk, eggs and orange juice; Jim Murnane donates some of the turkeys, stuffing mix and cookies; Price Chopper donates all the banana boxes needed for containing each family's food; Bill Madden provides the truck to transport the full boxes to the pick-up at North Star; the Adult Center donates freezer space to keep the turkeys; the Armory generously allows us to assemble the boxes there; and many, many people assist with the pick-up, transporting and assembling stages.

This year, assembling will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at the Armory. The process goes quickly, taking about an hour. You are encouraged to join in and help. It is anticipated that there will be at least 130 boxes to fill. Each of the participating churchs are asked to donated canned goods. Please check with your church as to what you are to bring. Distribution of the boxes will be Saturday, Dec. 19.

The Christmas Food Box Committee of Sister Carol and Joan Sleinkofer wishes to thank everyone for their assistance.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. They will have handmade knits, handcrafted toys, jewelry, Christmas items, baked goods and much more. Plan to attend.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the VFW Auxiliary #3357 will hold their Christmas Party at LaBella's Ristorante in Saranac Lake. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with the cocktail hour before that. All members that attend are asked to bring a lottery ticket to be used for the exchange.

The VFW Auxiliary #3357 will hold a food sale at Kinney's Drug Store in Saranac Lake Dec. 19. They also have $50 of scratch-off lottery tickets which they are selling chances on. One chance for $1, or 10 for $5. You can purchase your chances that day; the drawing will be at the end of the food sale.

The class of 1956 from Saranac Lake High School will hold its get together at Nonna Fina at noon Friday, Dec. 11. All classmates are invited to attend. Please call Barbara Darrah at 891-1043 or Harold Jaquis at 891-0987 to make your reservations for a fun time with your classmates.

There will be a card party at the St. Armand Town Hall at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Come and join in the fun for an afternoon of card playing with your friends. For more information, call Augie Simpson at 891-4398.

The St. Pauls/Assumption Town of Brighton Food Pantry will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 only. This is located at the Brighton town garage. For more information, call Barbara Marshall at 327-3297.

The Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Club will have their Christmas Party from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Community Room at Overlook Apartments. Please bring a dish to pass. Beverage will be provided. There will be a VERY BRIEF meeting for the election of officers and end-of-the-year business. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call John Duquette at 891-8180.

Senior happenings

The Adult Center bus will travel (full we hope) to Malone for the annual Association of Senior Citizen luncheon to be held at Gallaghers. This will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5. Please call 891-2980 to make your reservations.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Adult Center held its annual Holiday Food/Craft Bazaar. This was a success for the center and plus for the crafter's who attended. The home-baked goods were very popular. Thanks to everyone who helped, everyone who attended and to everyone who purchased something. We really do appreciate your help.

There will be a card party held at 1 p.m. the Adult Center Sunday, Dec. 6. Prizes and refreshments will be available. Come and join in the fun playing cards with friends and neighbors for the afternoon.

We send our sympathy to the family of Helen Brayshaw who passed away recently. One son, Adam Brayshaw, and his family reside in Lake Clear. Helen's two other sons live out of the area.


Nov. 25 - Dick Donaldson - younger then me??

Nov. 26 - Caron Powers

Nov. 27 - Amanda Fravor, Eileen Plumley

Nov. 30 - Blair Moody

Dec. 2 - Rita Kenedy

Dec. 3 - 1 year old Andrew Taylor

Dec. 6 - Jill Taylor, Catlyn Fuller, Jessica Brockway, Tami and Tina Donaldson

Dec. 7 - 81 years young Frances Martin, Eric Freeburg

Dec. 8 - 9 year old Anastasia Blanchard, Michael Shene


Nov. 26 - 49 years of togetherness for Mace and Carolyn Moody

Dec. 2 - 48 years together for Harold and Barbara Jaquis

Dec. 6 - Robert and Eva Brockway

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



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