This fall brings us some unexpected highway work. Route 9 south at Lobdell Lane is now one lane wide and controlled by stoplights. Keep to the west side of the road, away from where the road washed away during the storm. Other damaged roads are River Street, Hurricane Lane, and Wadhams Road. The new footbridge was also damage and part of the recently built trail at Footbridge Park was washed away.
Families on lower River Street near Fisher Bridge are still digging out from mud and debris. Traffic coming through town, especially the rock filled dump trucks, are moving fast on Court Street, so please use the crosswalks.
Fortunately we had help from “Labor For Your Neighbor” and the National Guard. Those groups, based in E- town last weekend, helped our neighbors in the Ausable Valley. Namaste B&B, which is owned by the Testa’s, hosted one of the men in charge of disaster relief. The man hadn’t been told that some Elizabethtown homes also suffered flood damage. When Ron Testa drove him to lower River Street, the need be came clear. He promised that the next morning help would arrive. Sure enough, two busloads of soldiers and volunteers appeared and went right to work. A mountain of water soaked debris was removed, mud was scraped off floors, and walls were washed. Their help was a welcome relief.
A big thanks also goes to the Elizabethtown Fire Department and Town Highway Department for the tremendous work they did during the hurricane. We’re fortunate to have such dedicated workers and volunteers in Elizabethtown.
On a happier note, two local history buffs, Phil Jackson and Brent Vosburg, will join their comrades in arms in Lewis, Sept. 16-18 for Civil War Days. Other re-enactors will come from all over the state to join them. You can see them at the Mt. Fay Fish & Game Club on County Rte 12 (Stowersville Road) in Lewis.
The 49th ELCS reunion for the class of 1962 will be held on Sept. 17 at the Otis Farm and will be hosted by Harry Gough. Remembering all their old school days, they will start planning a big 50th reunion for 2012. Class members who want to attend should get in touch with Harry at 873-9225.