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Written By The Mountain Eagle on 2/23/24 | 2/23/24

By Lula Anderson

Another February day ahead of me, but it's already the 20th, so only one more week until blustery March.  Not that we need any more windy days and nights.  I have a huge tree by my house that is ready to fall down, but it is on the neighbor's property, and they don't want to deal with it, so with every gust of wind, I pray that it will not fall on my house.  We have been very lucky with the last few storms that never happened.  Last Tuesday everything  was cancelled and we had nothing.  It was a good excuse to stay in and sort through more of my memories.  

I am still getting phone calls and messages regarding my "Glowing award".  but, as you know it is only with God's help and the people around me that I do what I do.  

WAJPL Golden Age Club has finally given up the keys to their old headquarters in the Town Hall building in Hensonville.  Thank you to all the town employees who helped pack and move our final belongings.  Now we have to sort through and find room for all of our supplies. March will be busy starting with the WAJ production of Peter Pan with the Senior Citizen dinner theater rehearsal on March 7th.  This is open to all Senior Citizens of the WAJ school district, but you need to let us know how many are coming so the Drama Club can have plenty of food available.  Call me at 518-734-5360 or the school office to reserve your seat.  For all others, the play will be on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.   On March 11th, the club will be having a fun day of painting eggs in the Ukranian style in our room at the Ambulance building starting at 10am.  The following Monday, March 18th is our monthly meeting starting at 1.  We have pot luck refreshments , casseroles, soup, sandwiches, salads and plenty of desserts.  All over the age of 50 are welcome to join our club.  

We have two important "Pay it forward" projects that we participate in and you can help.  The first is cards for Veterans.  Vicky makes for holidays to send to Vets in nursing homes   If you would like to assist her, please email her at  Right now she is working on St Patrick's Day and Easter or Spring cards.  The more cards she gets, the more people will get.  Sometimes a simple card will let a stranger know that they're not alone.  The club also fills baskets for nursing homes with little goodies:  word search books, coloring books and pencils, individual toiletries, bed socks, individually wrapped candies, jig saw puzzles for those who need help with eye/hand coordination (40-100 pieces).  We will be putting the baskets together in the middle of April.  Last year we sent 2 baskets apiece to each of the 5 area homes.  Just a little something to help brighten a lonely day.  

I had a joy last week when Dustin and Garrison Partridge were in town.  They called and asked if they could come visit with me.  They are now 31 and 32 and live in residential homes.  My how time flies.  

Sympathy and prayers to the family of Mary O'Hara the sister of Annie Jakubowski, and to Sheila and Paul Trautman on the passing of her aunt, Inga, and to the family of Beverly Cook Payne (WAJ class of "60). Healing prayers for Opal, Christine Newcomb, and those facing surgery, or with recurring RSV or COVID.  

A little story from Paul Mead.  When he went to Mary Maben's funeral, a gentleman came up to him and Joan at the fellowship and asked how they knew Mary.  Joan went to school with her from 1rst thru 12 and they both happened to wind up in SC as neighbors.  The man asked if they knew where Jewett was----He had worked on Connie Christian's farm for a couple of summers in his youth and they spent time reminiscing about former residents of Jewett.  


A couple of weeks ago, Patti Morrow asked me what I remember about the Windham Centennial and if I had any information about it.  I KNOW I have pictures, but the ones I want are carefully put away, but I have many of my family to go through.  My grandfather married a Tuttle  and they lived on a farm on Beigle Rd which was over 200 acres of land.  They had two sons, Edwin and Fanklyn  who decided to move to Schenectady when they grew up, leaving the farm behind.  Money was tight in our house, and we had already moved to the farmhouse, so my father went to work in Schenectady with his cousins doing wallpapering and painting.  He left on Monday morning and came home Saturday.  My mother was left, as many women at the time, to tend to the farm, family, cooking, cleaning, 5 children from 3 - 14 years of age.  Can you imagine?  

How many people, today, commute on a daily basis to Albany?  Now it takes an hour plus to get there.  Back then it was several hours with back roads and cars that went very slowly.  A trip to Albany was planned for an entire day not just "run up and go to the doctor."  

Now a days I hear women complaining that they don't have time to do anything what with work and cooking.  They are always tired, and get take out for dinner on the way home because its too much to cook.  HA!  What wimps.  

Anyhow, the Tuttle family also owned a farm on West Settlement across from Miller Rd.  Now, all the land has been sold, farms broken up to  make room for housing developments and condos. The  only Tuttle left with a farm is Scott and we thank him for keeping up the tradition and carrying on the family name.

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