Springwater American Legion Post 905 is collecting packages of socks, foot powder and hand wipes for our troops overseas. Ranking commanders tell us troops in remote areas of Afghanistan are not able to wash their clothing on a regular basis, were wearing socks for weeks at a time with no washing and going through a pair every 4 weeks. Our soldiers are so desperate for socks that they have taken to cutting the sleeves off their uniforms and swaddling their feet in them to prevent blisters and abrasions. Sometimes we forget that although we are the most modernized country in the world, when we are elsewhere, the basic accommodations are not always available.

Judy writes:


Springwater American Legion Post 905 is collecting packages of socks, foot powder and hand wipes for our troops overseas. Ranking commanders tell us troops in remote areas of Afghanistan are not able to wash their clothing on a regular basis, were wearing socks for weeks at a time with no washing and going through a pair every 4 weeks. Our soldiers are so desperate for socks that they have taken to cutting the sleeves off their uniforms and swaddling their feet in them to prevent blisters and abrasions. Sometimes we forget that although we are the most modernized country in the world, when we are elsewhere, the basic accommodations are not always available.


Post 905 will collect socks, foot powder, hand wipes and monetary donations (for shipping and more purchases) until Jan. 15, 2011. We will then pack and ship them the week of Jan. 17. Sock colors are unimportant as long as the socks are not tube socks, and will accommodate a foot inside a boot for hours at a time. Black socks must be worn by Marines, but the colonel assisting us said troops are so desperate that “any color would be do-able.” White socks are especially good for those who have existing blisters and foot problems. According to our correspondent, Marines wear black over the white to absorb some of the impact of being on their feet all day and protect their cracked and blistered feet.


Donations may be left at the Post on School Street on any day except Mondays after 4:30 p.m. Other Legion Posts, veteran group,business, school, social or church group is invited to help in this endeavor. We have names of specific companies that need immediate assistance and we are hoping that once the word gets out, this effort will snowball so no soldier in any branch of the service has to go without socks


Deputy Town Supervisor Katherine Bush was injured in a one-car auto accident Wednesday evening, Dec. 22, on Marvin Hill Road. She was treated at Noyes Memorial Hospital and released. We wish her a speedy recovery.


Skip Foster is making some significant progress since being released from ICU at Noyes Memorial Hospital. Please continue to remember him in your prayers and send get well cards to his home address: 7956 Mill St., P.O. Box 44, Springwater, NY 14560-0044.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Dan Walker, son of Sue and Mark Walker, grandson of Marion Walker, is home for a few days on leave while his ship is in port. He is assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush, the 10th and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the U.S. Navy, named for the 41st U.S. president.


The Springwater Recycling Center will be closed Saturday, Jan. 1, but will be open on Sunday, Jan. 2, during regular hours. Barb and Kyle will be there to assist you as usual.


Monday, Jan. 3, the Springwater Town Board will hold its 2011 organizational meeting, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. It is at this meeting the board sets items like non-elected appointments, newspaper of record and number of times the board will meet per month. Any member of the public may attend. The end-of-year report on our town is due no later than Jan. 30, 2011.


As this is our last column for the year, Katherine and I wish all of you a very Happy New Year and ask that you continue to send us news items that you would like included in our column. We encourage you to subscribe to the Genesee Country Express as it is the one local accredited newspaper that carries all of our legal notices, and for those who have computer access, check out the beautiful picture galleries of local events on the Internet edition at dansvilleonline.com


The kids are out of school. Please use caution traversing our local roads. Have a wonderful week.


Katherine writes:


“We need to put away all the gift items around the house and reflect on the past year and plan for the future. We should be grateful for what we have and send out the thank you notes promptly.”


Easier said than done! Making lists helps, as does a friend who is willing to trade a day of work at your place for a day of work at their place. Works for me! Are you a procrastinator? Break that job down into smaller chunks and set dates and do those small tasks and pretty soon you will have accomplished something.


At Websters Crossing United Methodist Church, the calendar is filling up. On Jan. 2, Jim Yarger will bring the message while Pastor Jeri Kober is away being the mother of the bride. On Jan. 9, outgoing and incoming committee members will be recognized during the service at 9 a.m. Also, the afternoon of the same Sunday, calendar planning will take center stage, as will a dinner and Brown Bag Auction, the proceeds going towards the heating bill. Then Thursday, Jan. 27, the Spaghetti Dinner & Music Jam will be 4:30-7 p.m. Plan now to come and enjoy a good meal and plenty of music.


Happy birthday greetings go out to:




Dec. 30: Rick Tripp Jr., John Swift, Alex Decker and Eden Mae-Marie Stephenson

Dec. 31: Juergen Lein

Jan. 1: Matt Hoppough and Alice Behnk

Jan. 3: Andy Stevens and Sue Irizarry

Jan. 4: Nellie White and Betty Hoppough

Jan. 5: Jane White

Jan. 6: Judy Tripp-Neu and Phil Moyer

Jan. 7: Martha Bortle, Amy Jacobs and Bessie Mae Bourgoine.

Happy wedding anniversary greetings are extended to Ron and Linda Beuter, Dec. 31.


You may know Frank Williams the postman, Frank Williams the sports editor or Frank Williams the radio announcer, but do you know Frank Williams who supplies himself to fill the pulpit and serves in the absence of others in numerous churches around the area? If you are a regular follower, you will know of his service; but for those who have not heard him speak, here is his January schedule:




Jan. 2: 10:45 a.m. Wayland United Methodist Church

Jan. 9: 9 a.m. Ossian Presbyterian Church, 11:15 a.m. Zion Lutheran Church in Cohocton

Jan. 23, 9 a.m. Ossian Presbyterian Church

Jan. 30 11:15 a.m. Zion Lutheran Church in Cohocton.

 


Pastors and others can contact him at wdnyfrank@frontiernet.net or call him at WDNY radio station in Dansville.


Do you find it hard to believe that 2010 has come to an end and we are about to begin a brand new year? May your 2011 be filled with memorable days, health and happy times. Be sure to let Judy and me know the information you would like to read in our column. Send us birthday and anniversary dates and please give us any dates that are incorrect or out-of-date.


See you in the New Year!