Welcome to the newest business in town: the Rusty Zipper, a consignment shop, owned and operated by Connie Drake, located on Main Street in the former NAPA building. The Rusty Zipper is well organized and has a wide variety of clothing, baby items, handcrafted items, one-of-a-kind items and much more. Items must be clean, as well as new or gently used, to be accepted at the shop. The customer receives 60 percent and the store gets 40 percent. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The store is closed Thursday. The store has daily sales of 50 percent, 25 percent and 10 percent off selected items. You must stop by and visit this new shop. For more information, contact Connie at 524-2749. Best wishes for a wonderful business venture, Connie.
The 37th annual Riverside Lanes Bowling Tournament is underway and will continue each weekend through Nov. 17. This is a sanctioned tournament with men and women divisions of five-person teams. Estimated prize for first place is $1,200 in the men's division and $450 in the women's. The amount is based on the number of entries. Shifts are noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to make a reservation, call 647-9905 or visit riversidebowlinglanes.com.
Mark your calendar now for the annual Christmas in the Forks celebration on Dec. 7. The tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Community Clock on Main Street. Event chairwoman Helen Wirt Kennedy says plans are underway for another wonderful celebration with lots of surprises in store for those attending. Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas will once again be master of ceremonies, with Susan Richards leading the singing. There will be lots of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" for sure. Stay tuned to this column for weekly updates on the schedule of events. Once everything is in place, I will include the entire program in this column.
Birthdays this week: Oct. 28 - Cookie Kurz and Ellen Gordon celebrated; Oct. 29 - Josh Fitzsimmons celebrated in Colorado; Oct. 30 - Brittany Barber celebrates, and I send my love and best wishes for a very happy day to my sister-in-law Judy Perkins; Oct. 31 - Jody Fournier and Bruce Ercclani celebrate their "Halloween Birthday"; Nov. 1 - Jean E. Mousseau and Joan N. Drake are our birthday Girls; Nov. 2 - Linda Fournier and Shane Douglas get best wishes; and Nov. 3 - Logan Cushon celebrates.
Happy Anniversary wishes this week: Oct. 28 - Robert and Vickie Meconi and Bill and Shelley Hickey share their special day; and Nov. 1 - Louis and Charlene Garso celebrate.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed members of our community: Oct. 29 - Jean Pulsifer; and Nov. 2 - Ronald Seguin.
The AuSable Forks Ambulance Service held a blood drive from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Seventeen people attended, and 16 units of blood were collected. Liz Gates was the lucky door prize winner. The next blood drive to be held there will be from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
Friends of the Community will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Black Brook Town Hall. My family is honored that members of this committee will be holding this event in memory of my mom, Leota Perkins. Best wishes for a very successful blood drive.
The AuSable Forks Fire Department will host its All-You-Can-Eat Firehouse Big Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 3. The menu includes french toast, pancakes (regular, blueberry and chocolate chip), sausage gravy and biscuits, white or wheat toast, eggs (regular and scrambled), sausage, bacon, homefries and mixed fruit. Beverages include coffee, tea, orange juice or milk. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children under 12.
The AuSable Forks Ambulance Service is still seeking donations for the purchase of two Zoll X Series defibrillators to equip both ambulances. The defibrillators monitor blood pressure, body temperature, cardiac rhythms, pulse oximetry and carbon monoxide and are vital in offering the highest level of care. The service started a fundraiser a few weeks ago and have received many donations, but there is still not enough to purchase the two defibrillators. Anyone wishing to make a donation can mail it to AuSable Forks Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 835, AuSable Forks, NY 12912.
Anyone with bicycles or bicycle parts to get rid of may contact John Ryan at 647-5984 for pick up. All bicycles are taken to a drop-off site and are then refurbished to be Christmas gifts to the needy. The like-new bikes are distributed for Christmas and, needless to say, make children receiving them very happy. Last year John and his helper Richard Rougeau picked up 134 bikes. Christmas is just around the corner, so be sure to contact John if you have any bicycles you need to get rid of.
Welcome aboard to Jamie Garcia, the newest staff member at Feek Pharmacy. Jamie is an asset to the team. She is very friendly and helpful to all the pharmacy customers. Stop by and welcome Jamie to her new position.
Just a reminder to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, Nov. 2, before you go to bed as daylight savings time begins on Sunday at 2 a.m. Also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Everyone will get an extra hour of sleep this time.
Election Day is Nov. 5, and polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Exercise your right to vote and support your favorite candidates.
Special thoughts and prayers for ill and recovering residents of our community: Luke Randy Garcia, Sarah Tromblee, Muriel LaBombard, Carolyn Dagley, Cindy Thomas, Eunice Frenyea, Francis Gero, Frank Lovely, Helen McKernian, Helen Drake, Mabel Fredenburg, Maureen Lattrelle, Peggy Sue Hart, Jari Snow-Thwaits, Rick Nolan, Debbie Spooner, Pauline Dumas, Karen Baker, Lynda Denton, John Santor, Bob Rondeau, Evie Dockum, Allison Crahan, Gabby Lincoln, Michaela Bushey, Carol (Bombard) Quigley, Laura (Joyal) Razzano, Rikki Kane, Joe Dubay Jr., Walter Fournier Sr., Terry Nollette, Colleen Otis-Whisher, Marla Devito and anyone I may have forgotten.
Till next time, have a great week and happy reading.