Scout leader Karen Torpey started her spring project with local scouts on Saturday, March 19. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts turned out to get the instructions from volunteer professionals how to plant and care for vegetable seeds. They took them home to care for them. The participants will meet again Sunday, April 10, at the scout house, where they will assemble wooden pots and window boxes and then paint them to be used for transplanting the seedlings and be given away to perspective growers. The object of this project is to encourage more people to raise a small garden or use these containers to plant and then enjoy the fruits of their labor. Scouts will acquire several different skills doing this project. New plants should be available for giveaway in May at the opening of Little League at Victory Park. Scouts will also make posters to distribute around the area.

Ladies, you’re welcome to join the Trust in the Lives of Older Women group that meets at the Wayland Library the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 12:30 p.m. to discuss various topics that are of interest to all of us. This is one of several groups that meet in Steuben County.


The next gathering will be Wednesday, April 6, when Diane Olson from the magazine “Lake Country Weekender” will be the guest to explain what’s happening in the all the communities around us.


Scout leader Karen Torpey started her spring project with local scouts on Saturday, March 19. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts turned out to get the instructions from volunteer professionals how to plant and care for vegetable seeds. They took them home to care for them. The participants will meet again Sunday, April 10, at the scout house, where they will assemble wooden pots and window boxes and then paint them to be used for transplanting the seedlings and be given away to perspective growers. The object of this project is to encourage more people to raise a small garden or use these containers to plant and then enjoy the fruits of their labor. Scouts will acquire several different skills doing this project. New plants should be available for giveaway in May at the opening of Little League at Victory Park. Scouts will also make posters to distribute around the area.


This is an excellent way for first time vegetable growers to tackle the job on a small scale by using containers. As the saying goes, “Don’t knock it till you try it.” The reward can be outstanding considering the price of fresh vegetables and you can raise them without sprays knowing they will be clean and fresh. Mark your calendars if you’re interested in some free plants.


In conversation recently we were remembering the “smorgasbord” events that were held here in Perkinsville to benefit Sacred Heart church. Just as the word suggests it was a dinner consisting of a large variety of food. We decided the name was German in origin. (Editor’s note: smörgåsbord is a Swedish word from “smörgås” meaning open sandwich and “bord” meaning table.) Today it’s called a “Buffet” (still many different foods) when the first day of spring arrived March 21. I believed it was actually true since the weather was mild, it was sunny, the snow was gone, the robins were pecking the ground for food, my crocus were in bloom and the tulips poking through and I got in the garden to dig parsnips; but mother nature had other plans, more snow dumped on Wednesday, March 23. That was a bummer.


Sunday’s winner of the 50-week club at the Perkinsville Fire Hall was Natalie Baird of Wayland.


Please pass the word in conversation with friends that the Wayland Museum is having a penny social April 12 and would appreciate donations. Bring them on Monday mornings to the Museum between 10 a.m. and noon, call one of the board members for pick-up, deposit it on my front porch or bring freshly baked goods to the museum by 2:30 p.m. April 12.


Golden Agers will gather tomorrow for the first Friday Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the family center followed by dinner. Bring table service.


The Wayland Historical Society offers free programs throughout the year trying to use local people who have interesting topics to offer. The next program is this Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. when Terry York will talk about his hobby and collections “Outhouses” and his collection of bottles. He is willing to evaluate your unusual bottle so bring it along. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the afternoon.


This is last call for the electronics recycling day this Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wayland-Cohocton Central School bus garage. Most electronics except TVs.


Are you a careful shopper? Do you read labels for the list of ingredients? Recently some people are concerned where their food is coming from and it is not written out but the bar codes indicate that information. I was informed that all bar codes beginning with O come from the USA or Canada and bar codes beginning with numbers 690 are from China. (Editor’s note: This is partially true with some products. Links to other sites explaining bar codes and country codes accompany this column on  dansvilleonline.com.)


Happy Birthday greetings to Mary Kay Crossett, April 4.