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It’s the Christmas season in Lake Clear

December 9, 2009
By Deborah J. Donaldson

The Adirondack Presbyterian Church will hold its worship services for the month of December at the Lake Clear Church. Worship service starts at 10:45 a.m. with coffee hour to follow. All are welcome, and bring a friend.

There will be a Christmas Eve worship service held at the Lake Clear Presbyterian church at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. All are encouraged to attend.

St. John in the Wilderness church will hold its Mass at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Gabriels Assumption will hold their Mass at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. St. Paul's in Bloomingdale has an Anticipated Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome to any of these worship services, and bring a friend.

On Sunday, Dec. 20, starting after 9:30 a.m., there will be an open house at the parish house next to St. John in the Wilderness church. All are invited to attend.

Because of the open house on Dec. 20, there will be no card party for December only.

On Dec. 22, the parishioners only of St. John in the Wilderness church will be decorating the church for Christmas. Following that there will be soup and sandwich for the workers to enjoy.


The bookmobile will be back at the Lake Clear post office parking lot next year in January. Will have the date in the next column.


The Lake Clear seniors went to the Holiday Celebration at Gallagher's in Malone on Dec. 5. It was reported that the food was excellent, the company good and the day just plain enjoyable.


Former Lake Clear resident Marguerite Reyome, who resides at the Keene Valley Neighborhood House had some special visitors recently for her 88th birthday: niece Mary Klaproth, Barbara Jaquis, great-niece Caron (Jaquis) Powers. I am sure that Marguerite would enjoy receiving a Christmas card or note from some of her former friends here in Lake Clear.


George Carley, former Lake Clear resident, is now at Uihlein and would really appreciate hearing from some of his friends and neighbors here in Lake Clear. Please remember these two special people at Christmas time.


Around town

A quick reminder that the class of 1956 from Saranac Lake High School will meet at Nonna Fina for lunch at noon on Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, call Barbara Darrah at 891-1043 or Harold Jaquis at 891-0987.

A reminder that a BRIEF meeting, followed by a Christmas party, for the Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Club will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Overlook Community Room in Bloomingdale. Please bring a dish to pass. Beverages will be provided. For more information, call John Duquette at 891-8180.

St. Paul/Assumption Town of Brighton Food Pantry will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 only for this month. Food available and gently used clothing. Call Barbara Marshall at 327-3297 for more information.

Interested in going Christmas caroling around the community? The Outreach Committee from the Methodist Church in Saranac Lake and the youth group would like to invite anyone who is interested to join them at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at the Methodist church. That will be the starting point for the caroling. From there, they will be going around Saranac Lake. If you like to sing, bring a friend and join the group.

The Christmas food box project is under way for this year. This is done in conjunction with Holiday Helpers. Each family who participates will receive a box of food. The assembling of the boxes will be at the Armory in Saranac Lake starting at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The process takes around an hour and volunteers are always needed. Distribution of the boxes will be Saturday, Dec. 19. They anticipate filling at least 120 boxes. Each of the churches in Saranac Lake has been asked to donate certain canned goods. The Christmas food box committee of Sister Carol and Joan Sleinkofer would like to thank everyone who helps with the packing of the boxes. Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated items to be put into the boxes and for all the other help the committee has received. It is all very much appreciated.

There will be no card parties held at the St. Armand Town Hall in Bloomingdale until April 2010. See everyone next year.


About coffee filters: Who knew? To think you can purchase around 1,000 of these at a dollar store for almost nothing.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect china. Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil throught a sieve lined with a coffee filter.


Senior happenings

The holidays are coming up, so seniors, why not take advantage of your free day at Curves for Women in Saranac Lake? From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, stop by and excerise on the Curves gym equipment. Please call ahead at 891-7698 and ask for Heather to set up an appointment. You won't regret it.


The next doard-of-directors-sponsored evening meal at the Adult Center will be Wednesday, Dec. 16. The meal will be ham, au gratin potatoes, vegetables, cabbage salad and dessert. Cost is $5 per person. Bingo will be at 2 p.m. with wine and cheese at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 5 p.m. Gather up all your friends and neighbors, and bring them to the Adult Center for a enjoyable evening together.


This year the Adult Center will have their Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 17. The Head Start children will arrive around 11 a.m. to entertain everyone. The luncheon will be at noon. Please bring an exchange gift marked male or female. Call 891-2908 to make your reservations. This will be a fun time for the seniors and their friends.


The Adult Center invited the community, especially the children, on Dec. 5 to come and have breakfast with Santa Claus. The children and their parents came. Everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast and, more important, the visit with Santa. Food items and cash were donated and will go to the local food pantry. Pat Thompson, who organized the event, would like to thank everyone who came and helped that day. A special thank-you to everyone who came and enjoyed Santa's company.



Dec. 9 - Taylor Lee, Stephanie Brockway

Dec. 11 - Stephanie Strack, Stephen Strack Jr.

Dec. 12 - David Hare, Matt Hare

Dec. 13 - John Wirsing, Barbara Norvis

Dec. 15 - Laura Shene, 97-years-young John Pickreign Sr.

Dec. 16 - Nathan Hough, Avery Clark, Lynn Whitney

Dec. 17 - Nicholas Brindisi, Corey Taylor

Dec. 18 - my nephew C. Healy Jones

Dec. 20 - 13-year-old Michael Davis, Noah Hare, Geraldine Moore

Dec. 21 - Annie Converse

Dec. 22 - 9-year-old Abby Leavitt



Dec. 11?- 33 years together for Ross and Karen Dailey

Dec. 22 - 15 years of togetherness for Harry and Mary Hopkinson


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



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