Once again, I'm reminding people of the benefit for Nate and
Cassie Howard coming up on June 18 at the Veterans Memorial Building There will
be a spaghetti dinner, gun raffle, Chinese Auction and more. Please come
out, have a good time, maybe win some prizes and help Nate and Cassie!
Concerts on the Square begin June 2nd with the Port Allegany
High School Jazz Band. The music will be great, the food will be great, the
company will be wonderful and hopefully the weather will be, too!
There will be concerts every Thursday at 6 p.m., on the Town Square during
June, July and August with the exception of Old Home Week. The concerts are
free! and very enjoyable. Members of the Women's Club work very hard all
summer long to provide this entertainment and I'm hoping everyone takes
advantage of it as much as possible. I understand there are other things
going on as well...in the month of June, I have my daughter's birthday on
the 2nd and two Rotary events on Thursday nights in June. I'll try to get
to the square as often as possible...but if I'm not there, it's not because
I don't want to be!
Speaking of being on the square - that's where I was Monday.
And if you think I'm only there because I was taking pictures, think again.
I attended Memorial Day Services long before I started working for the
Reporter Argus. As I looked across the square, I wondered where everyone
was. The ceremony on the Brooklynside Bridge lasted about half an hour.
The one on the square was probably about the same, time-wise. There were a
few people at the bridge ceremony...and quite a few more on the square. I
counted about 75...but a few more people...maybe 10, came sometime after the
ceremony started. I didn't count the members of the band or people
participating in the ceremony...just those in the crowd.
The concerts on the Town Square usually get more people than
were at the Memorial Day Service. If it were Old Home Week, the square
would be packed....if it was Car Show day...it would be packed. The
football field was filled for the first Alumni game. What does football
have to do with the Memorial Day Service? It's not held on the town square.
I guess I thought of football because when they spoke of someone who died
serving our country they mentioned that he was on one of the undefeated
Gator football teams. It seemed sort of odd to me that the Veterans
remember that this man played football but that the football players didn't
seem to remember that he was a Veteran.
To attend one service would take about a half an hour of your
time...to attend both...about an hour or so...to attend both and the
delicious luncheon provided by the Auxiliary....two and a half hours total.
Doesn't seem like a whole lot when you think of the holidays, the births,
graduations, weddings, funerals and all the service people miss to protect
It doesn't always work out to be free to attend the Memorial
Day Services, but for most of us, it's one of those things where "I was
going to go, but got busy mowing, planting, washing the car, getting caught
up on laundry, or housework or sleep"... it sure would be nice to go to the
square and see it filled next year. Everyone has a year to plan their
schedule around it...see what you can do!
I've been to concerts, banquets, ball games, awards
ceremonies and the like. I didn't send a lot of pictures up for the Argus
this week, mainly because there is a back-log of things that have yet to run
and also because I am still looking for information for some of the
pictures. Graduation is Sunday...I'll try to get back on track before July!
You many think that's a long time, but when everyone tries to pack a year's
worth of events into one little month, it's the best I can do!
Enjoy the warm weather...I really don't! But I'm happy for
those of you who do!