By Lois Lumbra — What a nice sunny Sunday afternoon with a little breeze coming in. Yesterday there were 11 vendors that came to the Farmer’s Market and fairly nice weather held on until the last hour and it started to rain. There seemed to be a good crowd around most the forenoon. Our Sunday Entertainment was watching little Natalie McGinley with the water hose across the street from us, she was spraying water at her brother and his friend, they were on the sidewalk on their little scooters. She was going to help her Mom do windows..until she saw she could spray the boys. She was and is just so cute!!! Then later her brother took the hose and sprayed her, her little squeals and laughter were joyous sounds. That would have made such a cute video.
The Historical Society exhibits commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the 1997 Flood drew over 275 visitors in the three Saturdays we were open to the public. The Flood video is now on Youtube channel which is linked from the Montgomery home page..montgomeryhistoricalsociety.org
The Library, Friends of the Library and the Historical Society are partnering to host a “PUPPET” show for kids of all ages by Modern Times Theater on September 16th at 7 p.m. at Pratt Hall. Free –donations at the door!!
The tickets sell out fast for the “OKTOBERFEST DINNER” which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Town/Grange Hall on Main Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6. Make and pay for your reservations at LUTZ by cash or check, this event will benefit the M. Historical Society. $25. P.P.
NOTE: The Farmers Market will continue on Saturdays through the end of September from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
8/4-14.. Therese Begnoche left on 8/4 with Lise Gates to attend a wedding of her great-niece Jenelle Demers to Michael Pohl in Austin, Texas. On 8/7 she flew to Boseman, Mt. to visit her son Armand and Family. She and her Family enjoyed visiting the Grand Canyon and other tourist attractions and they ate out often. Brent Godin flew out to accompany Therese back home. She had a terrific time and all her works she left behind were still waiting for her when she returned home on Monday, 8/14.
8/14..The Montgomery Green Mountain Ruby Reds were invited to a “Tea Party” by the St. Albans group of Red Hatters the “Forever Young.” The object of the tea party, we have a traveling teapot that goes from group to group around Vermont. We now have the little teapot in our possession and will have the next tea party. There were 26 ladies that gathered at the “Historical Railroad Museum” on River Street in Swanton. Amongst our party was our Vermont Queen Vi Hunt. President of the Historical Museum is Ron Kilburn and he gave us a history of the beginning of saving all the railroad stations/depot and artifacts from St.J and LC and Central Vermont. The long covered railroad bridge that went across the Missisquoi River burned several years ago, and the steel bridge that is now in its place was given to them. It came from West Milton and it was all taken down brought to Swanton, it has been restored and painted and is used for walking or biking across but no vehicles. They have a caboose on the premises, and the property they have their museum was all over grown but it seemed the appropriate place for having a place to bring all the buildings that were used for train depots, etc. While cleaning up the property they unearthed a granite foundation that was once used to put a train on and was able to turn it around for repairs. I could go on and on but if anyone is interested in visiting there they are on the internet just google Swanton,Vermont Museum I did and there is all kinds of info for you. After Ron gave the history of the Railroad restoration we were invited inside for tea and there was a variety to choose from; fancy/delicious sandwiches, variety of fruit and desserts. It was a wonderful event and so enjoyable. Thanks to all our Red Hat Sisters for a job well done.
8/15-16. Our daughter Veronica and I had planned on going to Brockton, Mass. to visit with our Son/her brother Richard and it was my first time down near Boston, to go through the tunnel , and to see all the roads going over one another and all of them full of traffic. I have seen most of them on NECN when we watch the news from there. It sure was a new experience for me. Veronica was remarkable driving in all that traffic. I said” what do you do with 4 lanes of traffic going slowly and if there is an emergency.” She thought she had heard sirens coming and she quickly said “You are going to find out” Everyone gets to one side and four police cars were coming blaring sirens and all went through. There must have been a wreck somewhere as it wasn’t long and we started seeing helicopters coming. We stayed overnight with Son/brother Frank and wife Karen at their lovely new home in Chester, N.H. It was so nice to be where it was quiet and we sat out on their new deck and visited to around 10 p.m. On Wednesday morning we left Frank’s and went to Shirley, Mass. to visit V. son Tyler Elkins and son Zavi ( my grandson and Great grandson) We left there around 1 p.m. and arrived back in Johnson at 4:45. We had a wonderful time and plan to go again someday.
8/16..Diane Bocian, Connie McFarland from town and Rachel Wright from Lowell, Fredda Ploof from East Berkshire and her sister Geraldine Seavey from Richford joined with other local people to attend the “LOG CABIN” event in Holyoke, Mass.. They took the Swan of New England tour bus that started from Swanton and had many stops along its way picking up people throughout Vermont. The Elvis impersonator show was about 2 hours long, and everyone was treated to a delicious meal. On their way home they stopped in Sharon, Vt. and visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was all such a well planned trip and everyone had a very fun-filled and entertaining day.
8/15.. Gila Domina and daughter Ruth Smith headed to Mass. to visit son/brother Michael Domina at his home in Hull, Mass. Gila left about ½ hour after me. She said they went out to eat several times and just enjoyed their visit. The came home on Friday afternoon.
8/16..Linda Van Gieson joined other friends on Shorty Snider’s tour bus from Enosburg to “Akwesasne Mohawk Casino” for the day of fun and laughter, and all the other thing you can do, win or lose. Once there, she was surprised to know that her nieces were on the same bus, neither Linda or her nieces were aware of them being on the same bus. That was a wonderful surprise and they had a great day.
Happy Birthday to: Colin McGovern & Michael Cennamo 8/27; Delwin Lumbra 8/29; John Pelkey & June Abramowitz 8/30; Marylin Abell 8/31; Marian Charles 9/2.
Anniversary Wishes to: Jesse and Karen Soule 9/2. Mike and Louise Celentano 9/2.
While at the Red Hat Event on Monday… one of the questions Ron Kilburn asked us was; “Did anyone know the three communications back years ago… he named telegraph, telephone and did anyone know the third one, I spoke up and said “Tellawoman” Everyone started laughting, I thought that was what he wanted to hear. But No, it wasn’t but got a good laugh from it… The third was a long pole with three lights on it and there was red to stop, yellow for caution and green was all ok… keep on going down the tracks.
I hope I got that right, Ron… and a special Hello to: Mrs. Kilburn it was nice to hear you enjoy this column. God Bless and 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.