Scouts' expedition included helping injured cyclist
The Boy Scouts of Troop 30 based in Chestertown apparently combined fun with a valuable learning experience as they planned and conducted an extended camping expedition recently at Lake Eaton State Park in the town of Long Lake.
Passing up on the traditional Scout camping trip to Camp Wakpominee this year, they instead planned their own five-day excursion.
The boys, ranging in ages from 11 to 15, conducted their own programs, cooked their own food, and bicycled, canoed, hiked, and worked on their scouting skills. They were rewarded by the sound of loons at night and an escort of a bald eagle as they paddled.
The scouts reported the high point of the trip was when they flew on float planes based at Heim's Aero Service of Long Lake.
Their camping excursion included an unexpected encounter. They assisted a young camper who had a serious bike accident near their campsites - the scouts from North Warren summoned an ambulance and administered first aid to the boy while they waited for it to arrive. The parents of the young cyclist thanked the scouts for their quick action in helping their son.
The boys earned 19 merit badges during the camping trip. Among those attending were Jacob Hill, Christian VanNispen, David Richards, Matthew Moffit, Will Jennings, Justin Harpp, Trevor Stile, Andy Hanaburgh, Jacob Smit, Nick Hitchcock, and Matt Smith, along with Scoutmaster John Belline, Committee chairman Arnou Van Nispen, Chris Stiles Jerry Smit, and Joe Klewicki.
Volunteers needed for mountain music fest
You don't have to be a Thurman resident to help out at one of the town's premier annual events. The Fiddlers Jamboree, set for next weekend, needs volunteers to help park cars, sell tickets, and vend refreshments. The beautiful setting of the site makes for incomparable working conditions. The Jamboree is Sept. 11 and 12, at the firehouse and on Veterans Field behind Thurman Town Hall. The Thurman Fire Company sponsors a breakfast at 8 a.m Saturday. The music is scheduled all day long, with a variety of noted area musicians and groups who perform country roots music.
The music resumes Sunday at noon with an emphasis on country acoustic gospel music, and the festival continues to 7 p.m. or so. Local vendors will be set up both days. Those wishing to volunteer in the event are asked to call 623-9662.
High-stakes raffle & golfing set for charity
A summer jackpot 50-50 raffle is being held by North Country Ministry. The tickets are $100 each and only 200 raffle tickets will be sold.
Folks who prefer to not ante up the full amount may share the cost with friends. If all tickets are sold, the cash prizes are $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000. If fewer than 200 are sold, 50 percent of the proceeds will be shared in the above ratio. The drawing will be held during the North Country Ministry's golf fundraiser event Sept. 19. Call 623-2829 for either raffle tickets or a reservation for the golf outing. The golf tournament is open for players at $85 per person and it starts at 1 p.m. The event is conducted in a four-person scramble format, and prizes are to be awarded. A set of custom golf clubs is the prize for a hole-in-one. A steak bake at the clubhouse will follow the tournament play.
Great 'Garage Sale' is approaching
Oct. 2 and 3, brings the 31st annual World's Largest Garage Sale to town, with its tens of thousands of visitors. Donations of gift certificates or Adirondack nick-nacks are now being sought for a gift basket to be raffled off to visitors. The chamber conducts this raffle to collect data about where visitors hail from. The chamber takes on this task to justify occupancy tax monies received from Warren County.
Those who would like to share their talent and would like to perform at the garage sale, contact Sue at the chamber at 623-2161. There is no payment for performances, but entertainers but may sell CDs, books, or put out a donation jar.
St. Cecilia's teens seek to inspire other groups
Last week an article in my column announced the youth of St. Cecilia's Church was looking for work projects to help others in need. The response has been overwhelming, and at this time they can not take any more requests - the group has enough jobs to keep them busy for many months. Phyllis Welsh, the youth director at St. Cecilia's, told me their teens would be happy to help another church get a group started to accomplish these other community-service projects that have been suggested.
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