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People & Events - 01/31/2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Updated: 9:06 AM

Wine-tasting benefit for shelter Feb. 6

FORT PLAIN — New York, California and French wines will be featured during a wine-tasting benefit for the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The event, which will be hosted for the second year by the Dome 49 restaurant on Hancock Street from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will also feature raffles and locally-made cheeses donated for the occasion by Palatine Valley Dairy of Nelliston.

That’s according to shelter board Vice-President Joe Rosemyer, who said proceeds from the fundraiser will help finance the new addition at the shelter.

“We’re almost complete with that,” he said.

Consisting of a surgical prep area and surgical suite, the addition will make it possible for the shelter to conduct spay and neuter clinics and animal surgeries, reducing the need for transport to veterinary clinics and related trauma on the animals.

The wine-tasting event is free, however donations are gratefully appreciated.

—Linda Kellett

School boards to hold joint meeting

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville boards of education will hold a joint meeting Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Johnsville High School auditorium

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., parents and community members are welcome to tour the school with National Honor Society tour guides.

Tours of the Oppenheim-Ephratah school will be offered next month.

Arkell Hall adult home news

CANAJOHARIE — The following news from Arkell Hall Adult Home is for January  15 through Jan. 25:

Eight residents, three advisory board members, and one staff member traveled to the Canajoharie Bowling Alley for lunch Jan. 15.

Barbara Kramer visited Jan. 17 to provide a Healing Touch session for residents. Activities Director Linda Klump offered hand and foot massages.

On Monday, Jan. 21, the residents found themselves engaged by President Obama’s inauguration.

During the week, an Orchid Society meeting was held, as well as two coffee clatches. Discussion topics included snowflakes and snow trivia, the inauguration and Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Rev. Virginia Ogden visited Wednesday, Jan. 23, to lead Fellowship Hour.

Residents welcomed the new year on Thursday, Jan. 24, with treats and fellowship during a New Year’s brunch featuring an egg bake, French toast bake, green bean casserole, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage and croissants. The event’s theme saw the attendees and tables adorned only in black and white. 50’s music was provided by Elinor and Friends.

Helen and Gary Shults were in to have lunch with mom, Mary Heiser. Anna Pipola went out to lunch with son-in-law, Ed Gayduchek. Frances Kinch enjoyed a visit from her daughter and son-in-law from Florida. Eve Fulleman, Evelyn Casler and Bernice Kelly went to the Senior Center to play cards. Bernice Kelley went out to lunch with a friend. Andrea Montayne was in to visit with mom, Ruth Austin. Gail and Jay Summerson were in to see Maguerite’s Summerson and Mrs. Brust.

Arkell Hall wishes everyone a beautiful New Year! May the hope the kindness you have provided all year through, find its way back to you.

FP classroom wins $2,000 grant

FORT PLAIN — The Life Skills class at Fort Plain Jr. /Sr. High School recently won a $2,000 “Garden for Life” grant from Lowe’s. Through this classroom program, Life Skills Teacher Lisa Petty will use gardening to teach life skills in a class for special education students. An existing garden will be renovated and students will grow plants and beautify school grounds.

Petty helped write the grant and said the class plans to buy tools, a storage shed, gloves, soil, seeds and other supplies.

She said students will raise seedlings (both flowers and vegetables) in a greenhouse at the school and plant them in the garden in the spring. They will also learn how to properly store these tools in their own shed located near the school greenhouse. Students will plant a vegetable garden with plants grown from seeds they have started. They will also raise plants that can be used for landscaping at the school district buildings and will also have a plant sale with leftover seedlings.

“We’re going to have a bench out there too and fencing. And we’re going to use the greenhouse the district already has,” she said.

“This is a good way to teach students hands-on activities and give them skills they can use throughout their lives. It helps them to learn by doing.”


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