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NEWS FROM W'TON: Lots learned at Ad’k Habitat Awareness Day

September 11, 2012
LORA BUSHY , Lake Placid News

Hello everybody, let's take a look at what's been happening in Wilmington since last time.

The first fresh breezes of the next season are coming. Not fall yet, but certainly the end of everyday summer. But what a summer it has been. Now with the arrival of the ninth annual Festival of the Colors on Sept. 8, fall can come in with a bang. This event is such a hoot - so many people and so much fun.

Come to the T-ball field on Springfield Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course T-ball hasn't been played there for years, but it is still called that by some people. Kind of like Father Bill's house on Springfield Road, or Peter Pan's Snack Bar going up the mountain. Ah, yes, the good old days, huh?

But I digress, many organizations will be in attendance at this Festival, including, but not limited to: Whiteface Community United Methodist Church, the Wilmington Historical Society, Wilmington Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington Highway Department, the E.M. Cooper Memorial Public Library and Santa's Workshop.

A couple new events this year include a Cookie Bake-Off, which offers bakers of all ages and expertise levels a chance for bragging rights to the best cookies in the area. And, once the judges select their favorite, the cookies will be sold with the proceeds to benefit the EM Cooper Library. Another really fun-sounding event is the Scarecrow Building Contest. Teams will be put together or right on the spot, to try and see who can build the best scarecrow. Even more bragging rights!

Live shows will be presented by the ever popular Pipsqueak the Clown, music from Eat, Sleep, Funk and two acts by Santa's Workshop cast, one to begin the day's activities at 10:05 a.m. and the second to end the day at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, so come on out and help celebrate the onset of autumn here in Wilmington.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the public was invited to the 5th annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center located on Springfield Road in Wilmington.

The phrase, "two heads are better than one" came to mind as I saw Alex Hall walking around with a pretty good sized snake coiled around his neck and shoulders, but I thought that I had better not make either one of them mad! And watching Cree, who is still the star of the show, pacing in his run continues to amaze me as he is one of the most fascinating creatures around. All I could think of when observing two ravens on their perch was the famous line from Poe, "Nevermore." Now I realize where the term raven-haired beauty comes from. The depth of color of the feathers on those birds is incredible, and the size, WOW! They were perched right above some turkey buzzards that for some reason turned their bodies away from my camera when I tried to get a shot of them. No matter which side of them I aimed from, they would carefully change the direction they were pointed in, usually with a great rush of their expansive wingspan.

On hand for presentations at the refuge were Professor Kurt Sager, Dr. Nina Schoch, Dave Gibson, Dr. Daniel Hall, Andy Joachim, Steve Hall, Alex Hall, Mark Manske as well as representatives from Audubon Society, Ausable River Association, North Country Wild Care, and The Wild Center. Much information and wonder about our fellow creatures was gleaned from all these people.

The refuge is located at 977 Springfield Road in Wilmington. For more information, contact Wendy at 855-965-3626 or visit

A quick note from the Jay entertainment and Music Society: Entries for the JEMS Community Art Exhibit will close on Saturday, Sept. 15. According to Nadine McLaughlin, the exhibits coordinator, "We look forward to having as many of our community's artists as possible represented in this special Exhibit to be held in the Amos and Julia Ward Theater."

The opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. Join JEMS for refreshments and meet the artists whose talents we sometimes keep too well-hidden in our community.

The Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay recently listed events happening in their corner of the world, and they are: on Saturday, Sept. 8 Julie Robinson Robards will once again work musical magic with children aged 3 to 6 as she presents another music appreciation with motion songs and rhythm instru-ments.

The library's showcase exhibit, which will run the entire month, is titled, "Upper Jay in Earlier Years." This collection of works by Mark Ellis will contain images reconstructed from early 20th century photos. On Friday, Sept. 14 the bi-monthly artist's reception for Ellis gives patrons and friends of the Wells Library a chance to meet, greet and talk with Mark. The reception will last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Sept. 15 storyteller, Caln Mulvey will once again invite us to listen to more "Tales from the Mists of Time." These further adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad hoist us out of our own little ruts of drudgery and plop us smack into the lives of some of the most ingenious characters that we have ever met, or are likely to!

And in closing, thank you to all the teachers who want to be behind the desks and in front of our children as they impart their knowledge to them while they are away from us at home. A good teacher can make such a difference in a student's life. Let's all drive extra carefully now that school buses are back on the roads.

A happy belated birthday goes to one of my bosses, Pastor Brooke Newell at the Whiteface Community United Methodist Church. May you enjoy many, many more and may many of them be here with us in Wilmington.

Thank you for continuing to read this column and the Lake Placid News, and until the next time, May God Bless.



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