Direct Deposit store boosts benefit drives
Direct Deposit of Warrensburg, this month's featured local business, not only offers a convenient place to drop off recyclable containers, but it assists community groups in their fundraising efforts.
Owned and operated by local residents Lou and Dean Ackley, Direct Deposit is located at 3918B Main St. in Warrensburg, directly behind Cooper-LeCount Real Estate office.
In been in business for six years, Direct Deposit accepts not just particular brands of containers like many stores, but they take any containers with a New York state deposit stamp on the can or bottle. This means that all brand of not only beer and soda containers are accepted, but even many water and juice containers are recycled now, according to amendments to state law.
Many area churches, charitable groups have accounts at Direct Deposit, so citizens can bring in their cans, and the deposit rebates are credited to their chosen organization. Direct Deposit has for years been assisting in various groups' fundraisers in this manner. One container drive for a local group yielded 22,000 cans, Dean Ackley said this week.
Direct Deposit will also hold deposit receipts for individuals who seek to save up extra money. Some citizens bring in cans and build up a bankroll, paid out months later, for Christmas spending, vacations, or unanticipated expenses. With the average household income in Warrensburg only $36,000, many people rely on such deposit money to pay for extras in their lives, Dean Ackley said.
Accepting containers isn't Direct Deposit's only helpful enterprise. They also offer a wide range of high quality day-old baked goods at vastly reduced prices, and their inventory is re-stocked twice a week.
Direct Deposit can be reached by phone at 623-9594. The business is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Presbyterians plan Mardi Gras
The First Presbyterian Church of Warrensburg is inviting all people in the region to attend a Mardi-Gras-themed dinner and party on Tuesday, March 8.
The event includes a free pancake and sausage dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by a party. All are encouraged to attend in a costume, pastor Lucy Harris said. Those who don't have a getup handy can assemble one from materials available at the event, she said.
"We want as many to come who are able," she said, inviting those who do not have a ride and need one, to call her at 623-2723. She said church members will be glad to pick up anyone within a 10-mile radius.
Harris said the church members planning the event are anticipating a good time.
Authors slated for Willows Bistro
Those with an interest in literary works are invited to this month's Second Thursday Readings at Willows Bistro, to occur at 2:30 p.m. March 10. All are welcome to join the gathering and chat with writers in this cozy, setting at 3740 Main St. in Warrensburg. Regional authors reading this month include Doug Deneen, memoir; Helen Holoda, poetry; Lee Merrett, memoir; Lisa Shumek, poetry. Refreshments are available. For details, call 504-4344.
Register now for Scrap-A-Thon
The Warrensburg Elementary School Playground Committee is urging all planning to attend their Scrap-A-Thon to register by Friday, Feb. 26. Registration forms can be picked up at the school office.
This annual day-long scrapbooking session, held to raise money for the playground fund,is planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday March 12. Admission is $20 which includes a light breakfast and lunch. In addition to scrapbook creation and updating, there will also be a basket raffle. Details are available by calling the school office at 623-9747.
Local group in baroque concert
Folks are invited to take a trip south to Saratoga this week to hear a performance by Richie and Elaine Henzler and their recorder group, representing Courtly Music Unlimited of Warrensburg.
In this concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Saratoga Springs Library, the Henzlers will be performing music on recorders by three of the greatest baroque composers J.S. Bach, George Philipp Telemann, and Antonio Vivaldi, plus work by contemporary British composer Adrian Williams.
Richie and Elaine, both Julliard graduates, are proprietors of Courtly Music Unlimited of Warrensburg (courtlymusicunlimited.com), specializing in recorders, sheet music, books, and accessories. They teach, perform and exhibit locally and throughout the Northeast. For information about the upcoming program, call the library at 584-7860.
Also coming up in Saratoga is an Italy Day festival from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 27 at the National Museum of Dance. The event includes an afternoon of activities that celebrate Italian culture, history, dance, music, and food.
Admission to Italy Day is $5 and free for members and for children under 12. Visitors will also be able to view all of the museum's exhibits. Reservations are encouraged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 584-2225 ext. 3001.
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