CHURCH FAMILY NEWS,
Hats off to Ralph Tiner on the publication of his latest book, “Tidal Wetlands Primer:An Introduction to Their Ecology, Natural History, Status, and Conservation.”
Check it out on Amazon ... or ask Ralph.
Congratulations to Patricia VandenBerg on her recent retirement from Mt. Holyoke College, where she served most recently as executive director of communications and marketing. In celebration of this milestone, she went to Paris.
New members welcomed: The Leverett Congregational Church warmly welcomed new members John and Sally Kealy during worship service, September 8, 2013, and Lee Barstow by letter of transfer from South Congregational Church, Amherst, November 3, 2013.
Sparkling church: In memory of Doris Gere, family friend Gerard Rodrigue, owner of D&G Painting, donated power washing services to scrub the church exterior. The job was begun around the lower levels during October’s work party, but people and equipment available then reached only lower levels. Now clean, the church actually looks freshly painted. Amazing, practical and beautiful. We are grateful to Mr. Rodrigue and to the memory of Doris Gere.
Gordon King celebrated his 95th birthday September 11, 2013 with “a loyal following of students” who join him annually, says son John. John tells us that Gordon has been living in his own apartment at John’s daughter’s family homestead since the end of June. He is doing very well and has returned to his resilient old self. He would love to hear from his friends in Leverett. His phone is 518-729-5108. Calling between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. is the best bet. Thursdays, he is usually there all day. Gordon’s address is 4267 State Route 20; Castleton, NY 12033.
Our member (and former treasurer) Becky Zak is offering to give her mother’s chair lift to someone who could use it right away. (We fondly remember her mother, Ruth Zak.) Says Becky: “It would be best if someone could pick it up at my mom’s house. We could have sold it on eBay or Craigslist, but we prefer to give it to someone who needs it.” Becky’s cell phone number is 413-244-2206.
Betty Wilson sent a lovely note thanking all who participated in the reception following the memorial service for Fred Wilson. “The reception was fabulous.” she wrote. So was the service, and all who helped in any way felt honored to do so.
Harbor master Dick Hankinson has assumed the duties, several times, of repairing the (vandalized) lakefront dock, and even retrieving it after “Huck and Tom” were seen making off with it recently. Following tips as to its location, Dick and Charlie Paulin, seated on lawn chairs, paddled it back home from the up-lake dam area where it had been abandoned. Alert lake neighbors aided in spotting the craft. Some later even reported Dick and Charlie as possible culprits. It’s now in drydock. Ahoy.
Fred Wilson, Our Pastor Emeritus
Fred Wilson died August 22, 2013, following several years of declining health. He was born August 17, 1927 in Tehran, Iran, the son of Presbyterian missionaries. Years of missionary work, theological study, overseas responsibilities with Presbyterian church headquarters in New York NY, and administration with World Council of Churches in Geneva followed. After beginning five years of quiet retirement in 1989 in North Leverett, Fred became settled pastor of the Leverett Congregational Church in 1994, serving until 2004. He and his wife Betty came wholeheartedly into the Leverett church and community. He leaves his wife Betty, children Marg Kruse, Frederick (“Rus”), and Becky Torres and their spouses, six grand children and spouses, and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held August 31, 2013, in the Leverett Congregational Church, followed by a reception.
Meet the Kealys
John and Sally Kealy will join our church September 8, a communion Sunday, in keeping with the church bylaws. John and Sally moved to Leverett from Riverdale, N.Y., in March 2013 after John retired from several decades working as an emergency room physician. He now serves part time in an urgent care center located in Springfield. Sally coordinates several affiliate Zen groups of the Zen Peacemakers. Sally was born in Oklahoma City and enjoys drawing and painting as well as yoga. John was born in Dublin Ireland and likes golf and fishing. They have three grown children and six grandchildren, and are watched over by two great dogs.
Meet Sue Alward, returning member, in the October newsletter.
Up and away, graduates!
Graduating from high school this year were Will Barstow, Brendan Burke, Jimmy Burke, Katie Burke, Kelley Burke, and Kim Rose and Jessalynn Stowell. All were recognized with sunflowers and cards.
College graduates were Mike Fiscella from Ithaca College and Quinn Mohlar from Our Lady of the Elms College.
Credit to kids and proud parents, and best wishes from all of us at the Leverett Congregational Church. And a big thank you, too, to youth leaders Carrie Burke, Amy Rice and Lee Barstow.
Since June 16 was also Fathers Day, men were honored with carnations.