A couple of years ago, the town of Sullivan participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research. We raised over $2000 in honor of Sullivan resident Ellen Corindia. Yesterday many publications were carrying the story of how the Ice Bucket Challenge changed the course of research and helped find another genetic link, making us closer to a cure or prevention.
I do not pretend to understand the research or even the practical implications of what they found. But I certainly do understand that our town of 600+ people participated in something that will make a difference in the WORLD! Here is a simple explanation from Boston Magazine and there are many more in depth articles. What amazes me is that this research was not scheduled to be funded. But because of the $100 million raised by this challenge, there was money to cover the research. In other words, the cold, wet, general public bet on a long shot and it has paid off. Try that at Foxwoods!
If you read many of my writings, you will note that community is a major theme for me. Neighbor helping neighbor, doing things for the greater good, etc. Never have I contributed to a research project and found that there was a breakthrough in my lifetime. I get goosebumps every time I talk about it.
There is another opportunity to keep this research going. Ellen will be participating in the Augies Quest Half Marathon to raise money for ALS research. The fun will be in Brooklyn in October. Ellen and Leif have a goal of $3000. Look up the information and donate to a worthy cause. 100% of your donation goes directly to funding ALS research. Let’s get Sullivan to help a world wide problem again!
OK, I am whining. I am hot. Not so hot that I want February weather but maybe a little of October would feel good about now. That whine is out of the way.
What is happening in town? Flowers are blooming, vegetables are growing. The library is very cool – great place to visit in the heat. Sit and read a magazine, no charge and no dirty looks. Everyone welcome.
The newsletter is out with lots of things to do in the summer. Check it out for those days when the kids say “I’m bored” Visit a museum or a state park or find a fair. Get outside, away from the computer or the game console. Get some fresh air.
Personally, I am watching a load of craftsmen build an addition for me. I say craftsmen because they are! The foundation was poured by our neighbor John Bolles. It is an experience to see all that goes into the job. My project manager/builder is Mark Ide from Marlow. What a perfectionist! Every board is placed just so. Plumber Bob Bedaw of Gilsum has been a great help with suggestions, making sure I have what I want and the quality is there. Electrician Chris Cote of Marlow has also suggested changes for the better and done a wonderful job. Jim Laliberte of West Chesterfield has done the drywall with great skill and attention to detail. He said his job was so easy because Mark cared so much about getting the base work right. Everyone of these guys is a craftsman. They do an excellent job and they take pride in what they do. I feel very blessed to have all of them working on my small addition.
A serious error has occurred. Apparently I have trouble reading calendars. Movie night is Friday, July 1 NOT July 2. So get your calendar and make that change.
Movie Night is July 2. Show time is 7 PM. Our movie will be “Best in Show” (Rated PG-13). Yep, an oldie from 2000, but a very funny movie. Directed by Christopher Guest. Written by Guest and Eugene Levy. The cast stars Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O’Hara.
The owners (and handlers) of five show dogs head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A film crew interviews them as they prepare for the trip, arrive at Philly’s Taft Hotel, and compete. From Florida come the Flecks: she keeps running into old lovers. A wordless ancient in a wheelchair and his buxom trophy wife who may have a thing for the dog’s handler own the two-time defending best in show, a poodle. From the piney woods of N.C. comes a fella who wants to be a ventriloquist. High-strung DINKs feud loudly in front of their Weimaraner. Two outré gay men from Tribeca round out the profiled owners. The dog show brings out the essence of the humans. Who will be best in show?
I need a nap!. This town has things going on. If you think you have moved to a sleepy town, think again.
Thursday night was the Friends of the Library Meeting. Yes we discussed our recent Plant and Book Sale but most of the evening was spent on the upcoming Open House on July 9. Come and see all the improvements to the library as well as learn about activities having nothing to do with books. To add to the socializing, we will be providing hot dogs, chips, lemonade and cupcakes for your dining pleasure. Bring a chair or sit on the lawn and have lunch or just a snack. So put it in your calendar, more info later. The FOL are also working on planning the Holiday Craft Fair. A quilt is being made and the squares are being completed. This photo is a preview of coming attractions.
Friday night was Movie Night at the Library. We showed “The Hundred Foot Journey”. This was a wonderful movie you should see so put it on your list. Popcorn provided by BJ Wahl and Bob Switzer was somehow better than usual. We are accepting suggestions for next months movie. As a reminder, Movie Night is the first Friday of the month at 7:00 with popcorn provided. I usually post it here and on the town Facebook page. (But sometimes I miss.)
This Saturday morning our Trails Group met and went to work. Eric White marked the areas in Jewett Park and across the street to be worked and everyone went to it. Weeds, trees, junk, all sorts of things were pulled, clipped, cut, chainsawed and bush mowed. Check out the area off Church Street in Jewett Park. So many thanks to this group of men and women who are volunteering their time to create a beautiful trail system for all to enjoy.
I have to include this photo of Roger Sweet walking down Centre Street with his Bush Mower.
Friends of the Library, Trails, Conservation, and so many other groups could use you. If something appeals to you, come on out and play.
Reminder: On Wednesday, June 8, the Cheshire County Delegation of elected Representatives to the State legislature will hold the first of five public hearings on the future of the County nursing Home. This meeting will be at the Sullivan Town Hall, starting at 6 PM. In a little clearer language this is the future of care for the elderly in our county. Think of Maplewood in Keene. What do we want to be built.
On Wednesday, June 8, the Cheshire County Delegation of elected Representatives to the State legislature will hold the first of five public hearings on the future of the County nursing Home. This meeting will be at the Sullivan Town Hall, starting at 6 PM.
I strongly urge you to attend this important event.
The Delegation will be presenting seven options, four of which are consistent with the Maplewood Task Force recommendation of moving the Nursing Home operation to Keene, into a new, state of the art type facility that provides a home like environment with emphasis on personal comfort and integrity, as contrasted with the traditional institutional, hospital like nursing home environment. The other three options are: 1. Do nothing; 2. Make modest improvements to the existing building in Westmoreland, preserving the existing configuration of double rooms with four elders sharing a single bathroom; and 3. Build a new wing on the Westmoreland building. Cost estimates will be provided for each option.
A group of concerned citizens known as the Beyond Monadnock Coalition has been advocating for the new, more residential like concept (sometimes referred to as the “Green House Program”), which has been adopted in over 30 states with a ten year record of success for populations similar to that served by Maplewood. An abundance of information is available on the Coalition website, www.beyondmaplwood.org. A brief description of the Green House Program is attached.
I hope you will come to this meeting and support the concept of a centrally located nursing home operation, providing an enlightened and compassionate system serving our growing population of elders who are unable to care for themselves. And I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the issues with you, and share what we learned about this inspiring new approach.
Lots going on in town right now and we need to make you aware. Get out your calendar and start writing.
Fire Department Yard Sale will be May 27 and 28, this coming Friday and Saturday, from 9AM to 3PM. Always a lot of interesting stuff. And this year it promises to be bigger than ever.
The Friends of the Sullivan Library will hold the annual Plant&Book Sale on May 28 (this Saturday) from 9am to 2pm at the library. It’s time to think about flowers! Select hardy Sullivan-grown plants – a fine selection of perennials and other plants will be available for $3 each. Find a book for beach reading, or something else – many subjects available – come take a look! Books only cost a donation.he library for coffee at 9AMaaaa
Trail Work will be on June 4th. Starting at the library for coffee at 9AM, assignments will be handed out and work will begin. The main target this weekend will be Jewett Park.
Cell Tower Meeting with the Zoning Board will be on June 2nd. As I have said before, there is not much we can do about it but the more folks that show up and listen, the more chance for finding something to delay or change their minds. The ZBA has already pointed out the tower in Roxbury and the tower going up on the hill behind Mr. Mikes. Apparently this Cell Tower Construction Company was unaware of them. So now they have to research them and see if they will accomplish the goal.