Received an email from Chris Maron Executive Director of Champlain Area Trails reminding me that time is running out on the Fall CATS writing/photography contest. “Saturday, Dec. 7 is the due date to submit photos along with captions and win up to $450. Anyone can enter so please send in your photos or encourage your friends, relatives, and especially young people to enter. This time of year has gorgeous colors so take some pix, write captions and send them in.” There are three categories for entries: 1)Hiking the Trails, 2)Scenic and Nature, 3)Towns and Villages. More information is available on their website at champlainareatrails.com.
Also received an email from the North Country Underground Railroad. They are bringing an author to the North Country for two events this week with Frank Decker, author of the new book, Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era. He will be speaking at the Plattsburgh Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and then at the Keene Valley Congregational Church on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. As can be seen from the title the book sheds light on Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church which raised money with mock slave auctions to buy children out of slavery. It shipped rifles to Kansas to help John Brown’s fellow Free Soilers. Ultimately, it even raised and out-fitted Union regiments in the Civil War. When the government tilted pro-slavery -- with the Fugitive Slave Act -- the Plymouth Church fought back, and ran what was called the “Grand Central Depot of the Underground Railroad,” in NYC.
Received another email from the North Country Honor Flight regarding Emily Estes, a 12 year old from Beekmantown who is spearheading the Teens for Marines Toys for Tots Fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Rainbow Banquette Hall in Altona in the Blue Room from six until nine at night. The event is a dance with raffle and cake. Please bring an unwrapped toy. North Country Honor Flight will be bringing unique raffle items as well as World War II Vets and some Marines to visit.