By Lois Lumbra — It was nice to be missed… Happy New Year 2018!!!
12/16.. The Montgomery Historical Society and Northwestern Counseling and Support Services co-sponsored the Holiday Happiness that was held at Pratt Hall. This was a wonderful family event that brought out many families to come and enjoy the wagon rides that Ron LaRock and Serena Snider bringing their two large black Percheron mares Pearl and Star. They were such beautiful mares and so gentle. I was so excited, like a child in a candy store to have them here in town. They gave 8-10 rides from Pratt Hall down around Comstock Bridge Road and back up on route 118, this went on from 11a- 2 p.m. Inside of Pratt Hall there was singing of Christmas songs and hymns by the Richford Community Choir; face painting, and cookies and hot cocoa for everyone. The Big Surprise came at noon time when the Fire Trucks came with sirens blaring, they were bringing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to visit the children that had gathered inside. I did not witness this but heard it was fabulous!! Thanks to Sue Wilson and all the others for bringing this event together.
12/17..Candles and Carols was well attended with several lovely acts taking part, the Ballet Arts by instructor Kathleen McCloskey-Scott performed “The Nutcracker.” President of the MHS Scott Perry welcomed everyone and told a few jokes, Jay Franham gathered the children around and read them the Christmas Story. Steve Hays on his electric organ played all the Christmas hymns and entertained all of us when he had someone from the audience to do a part of the 12 days of Christmas, this was hilarious and it was so much fun. Scott Perry thanked everyone for coming wished everyone a Merry Christmas in his final words. Parma Jewett had made a gorgeous gingerbread church for a raffle drawing and Pierce Marchand was the lucky child to win this wonderful prize. He was mighty happy and said that he would eat it later. The hall was a master piece SO beautifully decorated by Noella McGroarty and her helpers. We have to be most proud of these two events that brought so many people out to enjoy friends and neighbors, and a BIG THANK-YOU to all that took part in bringing this together.
12/24. Our new Pastor Bonnie Hovermann had a wonderful Christmas Eve Candle Light Service with several of us taking part in reading scripture and lots of Christmas Hymns were sung. We had a wonderful turn out that came and some stayed after to enjoy Christmas Cookies provided by Sally Newton and hot coffee and friendly fellowship before leaving.
12/28..The 500 Card Club met at the Snow –Shoe Restaurant for a Christmas luncheon planned by hostess for the month Connie McFarland. Everyone ordered whatever they wanted and served by Pete. After we were finished eating we began playing cards just before one o’clock. At our November meeting we all agreed to save time if we bid six we would play it, so not to have to keep redealing. That worked out well for Marge Cummings, when she bid six and picked up the kitty it was full of cards she needed for her bid and she took all the tricks. The after noon was cold with the temperatures hovering right around zero outside. Carmen Scott had high score 2890; second high was Helen Parent with 2395, and she was playing in the absence of Jeannette Sylvester; Roberta Morin was playing for Betsy Snider..as Betsy had been in the hospital in Morrisville. Therese Begnoche had most horses (4), Linda Van Gieson had low score of 290. THAT is very unusual for Linda, like we all say, we never know what we will get but have to take what is dealt to us. I am one of those, I seldom get a good hand to bid on. Thanks to Connie for providing the desserts, and for the Christmas tree ornaments that she gave out, some she had handmade were so pretty, and the angels were purchased but so adorable, Thanks Connie. Denise Baker will host the January gathering at her home.
12/31. Sending Heartfelt Sympathy to the Pattee Family and Friends in the loss of Colby Pattee. More info will be in this weeks paper. So sorry for their loss! God Bless all of you!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends and look forward to a new year of fun, laughter, good health and peace around the world.
Happy Birthday to: Doris Buttendorf 1/3; Kathy King 1/5; Mike Deuso, Taylor Soule, Robert Gendron III 1/11; Sue Cherrier, Lillian Robtoy 1/13.
A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
Please share your news with me… we want to keep our Montgomery Column. M.L.T.A.
Lois Corse Lumbra
Lois was born in 1941, growing up in Fletcher, Vermont, where she attended a one-room school for her first 8 years. Lois later married Francis “Sonny” Lumbra in 1959 and raised a happy family.
The two started out in Montgomery on North Hill at the dairy farm where Sonny was born, moving to their home in the village in 1965 where they both live to this day.