Roxbury News: April 15, 2009

by Barbara Scudder
It was a full house at the John Burroughs 172nd Birthday Party held at Cassie’s Café in Roxbury on Saturday, April 4. A dramatic reading “A Delaware County Life,” composed entirely from Burroughs’ works, was compiled and edited by Francis (Frank) Carbone of New Kingston. Fourteen readers from Roxbury and surrounding communities shared Burroughs’ reflections on everything from stone walls to birds’ nests. Mark Doerrier of LaGrangeville rendered Burroughs’ poem “Waiting” accompanying himself on the guitar.
John Burroughs (aka Howie Futterman) was in attendance along with a pair of three-week-old barn owls.
Attendees enjoyed a birthday cake, decorated with two bluebirds, made by Maryellen Schuman. The event was sponsored by Woodchuck Lodge, Inc. and Writers in the Mountains.
Ms. Mary McNaught’s Foods Class at Roxbury Central School treated local senior citizens to a delicious luncheon on Tuesday, April 7. The students planned and prepared the meal and served it. Student chefs and waitpersons were John Bolger, Karly Bolger, Marlise Cammer, Danyelle Greene, Ryan Skipper, Jessica Utsler, Cody Allison, Brandi Carufe, Paulina Cowan, Ari D’Orta, Tiffany Faulkner, Cortney Hess, Jenna Johnston, Jessica Kacerosky, Sean Lutz, Raven Sprague, Dylan Stock, Briana Sullivan and Meghan Wallace.

Kirkside News
By Marjorie Soderlind
Well another Easter has come and gone for another year.
Six of our residents went out with family for their dinner.
Five or so of the residents had visitors during the day and some received long distance phone calls from family and friends.
One of the staff brought her electric ice cream freezer here and made ice cream so that we had ice cream at snack time plus various kinds of toppings to put on it.
We had a nice ham dinner here put on by our longtime cook Lena Rowe.
On Maundy Thursday, April 9, men from the Roxbury churches presented a “Living Last Supper” at the Roxbury United Methodist Church. Women of the churches served as narrators and organist, Women were also in charge of lights, sound effects and costumes. Bonnie Grocholl served as director.
Easter dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Snyder were Mr. and Mrs. Greg Snyder, Kristin Snyder and Esther Snyder.
The Grand Gorge Senior Dining Center will serve the first evening meal of the season on Thursday, April 16 at 4:45 p.m. To make reservations for the meal, phone Christine Thorington, center manager, at 607 588-6166.
A Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 1-6 p.m. at the Jay Gould Church Carriage House, Roxbury. All current and new donors are urged to call 800 448-3543 to schedule an appointment to donate blood.