Sitting down at my desk on a beautiful Sunday morning and wondering, as always, how to begin my column, I took a moment to reflect as I gazed out my window onto the wooded reserve that borders where I live. It was yet another clear and mild late fall morning where my dog, Lorena, and I were happy to greet the day by walking on a long stretch of our bay beaches with only the company of seagulls and sandpipers. The best elixir to unsettling times is always to count one’s blessings.In the aftermath of an upsetting week for many, staying in gratitude can be challenging. All those who could use a reminder of the wonder and beauty that exists here, need only take a drive, cycle, or stroll through the loveliest sections of Springs, many of which are seen along sections of Old Stone Highway. On the way to and from Little Albert’s Beach, our starting point for our morning walk, the sunlight that shines through the canopy of rustling leaves in all the varied shades of gold and reds overhead can lift and soothe any unsettled spirit. All year long, the shifting landscapes of our hamlet with all of this sheer beauty surrounding us should inspire us to love and to treat everyone and every creature with kindness, compassion, and respect. I have faith that most of us can rise above this division of political views and post-election fallout and carry on working together as we always managed to before these times by finding a common bond, despite our differences. We live in a special place, and we are a special people.
Everyone at Springs School, including the faculty and many of the parents, are all gearing up for this year’s Turkey Trot slated for Monday, November 21. Those driving through Springs that day should be prepared for sections of Old Stone Highway to be closed for a while to allow the walk/run-a-thon to take place. It helps raise funds for the PTA, the swim program at the YMCA and another fun evening of ice-skating at the Buckskill rink for 6th to 8th graders.
I just loved the news from the Springs Journalism Club this week that let us know about the “Little Free Libraries” sprinkled around Springs neighborhoods. Look out for book boxes that have been placed on Gardiner’s Avenue, Woodcock Lane, Bruce Lane and Sandra Drive allowing children of all ages to take out books that they may keep or borrow, and return for free. Mrs. LaMonda and her Functional Academic class have been busy filling these boxes with all sorts of books that the students pick up at the local libraries. Those who take a book are encouraged and welcome to donate one back at the same time. What a wonderful and sweet idea!
Organized by the teacher’s union Community Outreach Program, each class at the school has been assigned a particular food item to bring in for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. With the donated food items, the students will create baskets filled with all the staples for a holiday meal to be distributed to Springs’ families in need.
Those who wish to help make another family’s celebration more abundant may want to drop off a turkey donation at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church on Wednesday (most of the day) or by calling 631-324-4791 for a more convenient drop off arrangement.
It’s another Friday Night Take-Out meal at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church this Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. This take-out series has gotten hugely popular, so much so, that they ran out of food last time! We are assured that this Friday, there should be plenty of chili, cornbread, salad, and dessert at $6 a pint and $11 a quart for those who swing by the church. It’s such a great deal!
Crafters and artisans can book a table at the annual Craft Fair at the Springs Community P.C., slated for December 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a $75 fee and donate one item at an approximate value of $20 or more for the church’s raffle table. Contact Pat Titus at 631-324-5951 for details.
This Sunday’s pancake breakfast spread will take place at the Springs Fire Department located on Fort Pond Boulevard from 7 to 11 a.m. It will help raise funds for an 8th grade trip to Philadelphia. A buffet-style spread of eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausages, and bacon is offered at a bargain price of $8 each. It’s a friendly and delicious way to start the day!
Until next time, happy week all!