Springs Community Notes, November 20

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For me the saying “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” rings too true. I’m definitely happiest when I’m busy, but sometimes I can get on overload. Leading into last weekend, I had a ton of things on my plate: doing leases, showing houses, running an estate sale, just on and on … I felt like my head was spinning! Suddenly, my laptop went haywire and wouldn’t even start … Ugh! Thank goodness, I have an excellent computer guy who is worth his weight in gold, Luke Goodstein. He’s so great, doesn’t charge an arm and a leg, and even makes house calls … a true Godsend! Without Luke, I don’t think I could have managed to carve out a column this week. So, I wanted to give him a well-deserved plug. If anyone out there needs someone like Luke, drop me a line, and I’ll happily give you his contact info. Thank you, Luke!I can’t believe the holidays are nearly here! I love Thanksgiving, and I love to cook … but, I just don’t feel ready to even think about the holidays! So, I am entirely grateful that I’m not the hostess this year! I can make a couple of things and just show up to my wonderful aunt and uncle’s house and enjoy. Now, that’s lucky!

If anyone else is feeling overwhelmed, it’s a good reminder to realize that not everyone is so fortunate. Much of what we gripe about from day to day are actually luxury problems. News from the Springs Food Pantry is that the number of people using the pantry is increasing steadily. It’s a terrible feeling to not have enough food to feed yourself and your family, especially for a holiday meal. So, they are putting out a call for turkeys, which can be dropped off outside the Springs Community Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m. The pantry is open every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. I am told that usually someone is around the church on most mornings. One can always call them at (631) 324-4791 to make sure someone will be around. Thanksgiving trimmings like canned cranberry sauce, stuffing mixes, and dessert mixes would also be welcome. Help make someone else’s Thanksgiving a little brighter, and it’s bound to boost you, too!

The Springs Community Presbyterian Church, located at 5 Old Stone Highway, is having another Friday Night Take Out this Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Chicken Cacciatore with rice, Caesar Salad, and an apple dessert at $13 per dinner. Sounds comforting and delish!

Next Sunday is the last opportunity for a while to partake of the super scrumptious and hearty breakfast spread served up at The Springs Fire Department on Fort Pond Boulevard from 7 to 11 a.m. Many people have raved about it to me. Fluffy pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, and more is offered at $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children. Get while you can!

A terrific way to ease into your holiday shopping is to stop by Ashawagh Hall this weekend. The Indonesian Craft Fair is back, and offers a wide array of affordable, lovely, and unique gift items. The atmosphere is always warm and festively low-key, which is perfect for me. I look forward to it every year to break the ice and pick up a few stocking stuffers, well-priced gorgeous jewelry, and so much more. It’s running for two weekends in a row this year. This weekend’s hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s definitely worth checking out!

Our students are involved in what promises to be a fun fundraising “Turkey Trot” that everyone is invited to on Monday, November 24, at 9 am to raise funds for the school swim program and a Buckskill Skate Night. It sounds like my kind of race, less than 2 miles long with no one timed, and everyone celebrated as a winner. The students are seeking sponsors for this run. These are due by November 21 with checks payable to the Springs School PTA.

That wraps it up for this week. Until next time, happy week all!

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