The last weekend in June in Willsboro has become a great reunion weekend time. Family and friends gather for our local school's graduating seniors. This year there were 26 students and many had special gatherings over the weekend. Congratulations to the whole class, and a special congratulation to the salutatorian, Kristen Hotaling, and the valedictorian Briana Reynolds. The new addition to the schools Wall of Distinction was James Mason, he was a great inspiration to many as he gave of himself over his lifetime.
The other gathering that calls many local and former Willsboro people back is the School Alumni Association reunion. This year some nearly 150 gathered at Crickets on Saturday evening. We were very much honored to have two former graduates serve as hosts. Master of ceremonies Wanda Reynolds McQueen and our speaker, David Leaning, both did a great job of keeping our program interesting. The 1959 class, (50's reunion class) had a large turn out and a busy weekend. They gathered for a private gathering at the Sportsman's Diner prior to Graduation, and then were the special guest of this year's graduates. It was great to see many people that we are separated from for the better part of any given year.
It is great to see that the Farmer's Market is growing each week with new venders. It was sad to hear that there may not be any more "Saywards'" fresh corn for sale this year. I have good reports that Drew Reithel's country wagon is a great and popular place for a special Thursday Lunch at the Farmer's Market location.
There was an outstanding piano concert at the Essex Community Church this past Friday evening. Dan Linder performed, and his fingers and whole body just work together to produce beautiful music. Dan will be a Junior at Nothwestern University where he is studying in pursuit of a Bachelor of Music in piano. There are many more great performances being offered throughout the summer season.
Upcoming events include the Summer Youth Program will be starting on July 6. The Willsboro United Methodist Church will be holding a large food sale on Sat. July 11th in front of the IGA Store, and on the same day there will be a Quilt Exhibit at the Methodist Church. Be sure to stop in and see the great handiwork of local quilters, both events start at 9 a.m.
The Paine Memorial Library's Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m. David Reuther will share his experiences with Publishing as he once worked with authors. The Willsboro Heritage Society will hold a program evening with Ron Bruno talking on the building of the Railroad through Willsboro, on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Visitor's Center; public welcome. The society is also sponsoring a Walking tour of Willsboro with Ron Bruno on Saturday, July 11, from 9 to noon; gathering starts at the Museum.
Some of the visitor's that stop into the Visitor's Center are requesting local information on people that do cleaning, babysitting, lawn care, sell real estate, etc., so if this is something that you offer please drop off your business cards or flyer information to us at the center. We could still use a few more volunteers. Call Janice Allen if you're available; 983-8912.
Happy Birthday: Jocelyn Belzile 7/5, Lucille Garvey Little 7/6, Sarah Sayward 7/8, Lee Sloper 7/8, Taylor Crowningshield 7/8, Colleen Blanchard 7/8, Austin Strong 7/8. Happy Anniversary to Beth & Brian Whalen 7/9.