By Lois Lumbra — What a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the grounds are drying out a little bit with the nice sunshine. Sonny and I noticed that the corn fields were getting yellow from so much rain. Today was our first Sunday with our new Pastor Bonnie Hovermann, she was accompanied by her husband Nord. She said there will be a few changes and that is okay. She will have a meeting on June 16 at 8:30 a.m with the Church Council. It was a surprise last week and this week when my Niece Pamela Martin Harris came to Church and this week bringing her Mom along with her Roberta Martin. Thanks Pam!!! Saturday morning the grounds were very wet as the “Farmers Market” came to set up for the day. The rain held off for most of the time the vendors were here, and the nine vendors that were here got out before the heavy rain came in. Our daughter Veronica was taking the top off her tent and it was filled with rain and it went right on top of her head and down her back, she was soaked, but got a laugh out of it, she has a great sense of humor.
6/27, Twelve members of the Green Mountain Ruby Reds gathered at the “Dairy Center Restaurant,” where we all enjoy a delicious Chicken-N-Biscuit dinner. There were four new ladies that would like to become members of our group. Following the dinner we had a meeting in regards to ideas of things to do and also if we wanted to continue as a group. There was no one that wanted to give up our group, but decided we would meet once a month to do something. Fredda Ploof had copies of many events that were very interesting and everyone received a copy of the events and dates. Following the meeting everyone went on their way home or shopping. It was a good turnout and as always we enjoy getting together.
6/28, “The Orphan Train” written by Charles Lorin Brace; and was presented by Dr. Daniel Bean at Pratt Hall with many local people in attendance. This was a very interesting event, many orphaned children were brought from New York City to parts of Vermont and one town close by mentioned was Enosburg, as the train came in to town. Many of the children were adopted or families took them in to help on farms, or other local jobs. Charles Brace also started the “Children’s Aid Society” which helped children get an education and many went on to become Doctors, Lawyers and or Teachers, etc. Dr. Daniel Beans father was one of the children that came on the Orphan Train. Thanks to the Historical Society and Friends of The Town Library for sponsoring this wonderful event.
6/30, The M.H.S. awarded the Lalia Pratt Hays –Amy Booth Meyer Memorial Scholarship to Avery Ellis at their Annual Meeting. They also added another scholarship this year in memory of Joe and Irene Scott, and Taylor Gratton was the first to receive this award. Both of these young students will be going to college this Fall. The Society will continue with the two scholarships in the future. All Montgomery Seniors continuing their studies are eligible. Applications are online on the Society Web and the deadline for submission is May 1stof 2018. Congratulations to Avery and Taylor and their parents!!!
7/15, The M.H.S. will be exhibiting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Flood. The exhibit will start at 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be available throughout the summer. It includes photos, artifacts, and video showing the damage and spirited recovery. Additional times will be announced and it can be seen by appointment. Keep and eye out for times on the MHS sign outside on the sidewalk, website, and facebook page. FREE and open to all at Pratt Hall.
Happy Birthday to: Robert Gendron, Gloria Sheltra 7/9; Kaitlyn Sylvester 7/10; Barbara St.Cyr, Stacy Ryea, Keith Sanpeitro 7/11; Pat Carpenter, Eva Davidson, Debbi Chauvin, Susan Delear 7/13; Brenna Gaudette, Justin Deuso 7/14; Stuart Brunton, Jo Cota 7/15.
Anniversary Wishes to: Johnny and Allison Wither spoon; Jamie and Doris Buttendorf 7/10; Brian and Rebecca Sylvester 7/12; Tim and Colleen Pratt 7/13; Barbara and Joe St.Cyr 7/15.
Red Skeltons remarks: His wife has an electric blender, toaster, bread maker, and fry pan. She said “there are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!”… He said “So I bought her an electric chair.”
Hope everyone enjoyed the 4th and God Bless America!!! 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.