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WAYNE SIMPSON My Sweet Patootie, from left, Paul Clifford, Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, are scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Black River Valley Concert Series.

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5 Things Friday- November 18

Celebrate the Holidays

1. Home for the Holidays Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lewis County Historical Society, 7552 S. State St.
What: Train display, silent auction, Christmas trees and wreaths, gingerbread houses on display. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; Adirondack Community Chorus concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
Cost: Free
Info: 376-8957

Friday to Sunday / Lowville

2. Baby It’s Cold Outside

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St.
What: Part of Bonnie Castle “Pay it Forward” campaign, tastings and crafts.
Cost: Donation of a new or gently used winter outerwear item, given to local schools and churches for locals in need.
INFO
: Mariann, 482-4511, ext. 502, or Mariann@bonniecastle.com

Friday / Alexandria Bay

3. Light up the Night Parade

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: State St.
What: The parade begins at OFA school and follows State Street to the Dobisky Center at 100 Riverside Avenue. Floats will be lit up with lights and song. Children can visit with Santa after the parade.
Cost: Free
INFO: 393-3540

Saturday / Ogdensburg

4. Holiday Shopper’s Poker Run

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Participating businesses in Alexandria Bay, Clayton and Cape Vincent.
What: Collect cards from local businesses as you shop for the holidays. Cards handed in, 5 p.m., O’Brien’s, 226 Webb St. Receive cards Friday, Nov. 18 as well. Auctions, prizes, food, benefits local food pantries.
Cost: Free
INFO: Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771

Saturday / Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Cape Vincent

5. 22nd Annual Festival of Trees

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday
Where: Thousand Islands Museum, 312 James St.
What: Local businesses, organizations and families bring in and decorate trees or other holiday displays.  Admission is free, but we ask that you bring in a non-perishable item for out “Fill the Boat” campaign which fills our St. Lawrence skiff with food for the local food pantry. Vote for your favorite display.
Cost: Free
INFO: 686-5794

Friday to Sunday / Clayton

 

Helping Others

1. Cancer Benefit for Kathy Ives

When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: American Legion Post 586, 10 S. Main St.
What: 50/50 raffles, Chinese auctions. Proceeds to help family with medical bills and expenses.
Cost: Donation based
INFO: 232-2715

Friday / Adams

2. Third Annual Urban Mission Holiday Giveback

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ramada Inn, 6300 Arsenal St.
What: Pictures with Santa, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy for Urban Mission.
Cost: $10
INFO: helpinghandsmic@gmail.com or 529-4893

Saturday / Watertown

3. Bowl-A-Thon

When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pla-Mor Lanes, 577 State St.
What: To benefit Jefferson County SPCA. Lunch provided during luncheon at 2:30 p.m. Prices and trophies.
Cost: $16; per couple, $30.
INFO: 782-3260

Saturday / Watertown

4. Turkey Dinner and Basket Drawing

When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: John C. Londraville American Legion Post 832, 248 E. Broadway St.
What: Benefits legion auxiliary.
Cost: Free
INFO: 654-2101

Saturday / Cape Vincent

5. Memory Wreath

When: All day
What:  To benefit Lacona Clock Tower maintenance, with Coterie Club, names and payment of donation accepted through Saturday, Nov. 26. Names read night of wreath lighting: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Music and refreshments.
Cost: N/A
INFO/PAYMENTS: Eleanor Slater, Coterie Club Treasurer, P.O. Box 201, Sandy Creek, NY 13145. Checks payable to Coterie Club.

Saturday / Lacona

  

Fun with Learning

1. Pencil Drawing

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Lyme Free Library, 12165 Route 12E
What: Learn the fundamentals of sketching and basic drawing techniques. For ages 11 and older.
Cost: $35
INFO: 786-2385 to register.

Friday / Chaumont

2. Snowmobile Safety Class

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Copley Foundation House, 12030 Route 12E.
What: With Gary Kocher, New York Parks and Recreation instructor. Must be 10 or older.
Cost: N/A
INFO: 486-5230 or cwasr@twc.com

Saturday / Chaumont

3. The Global Water Crisis, Abroad and at Home

When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 1425 Washington St.
What: Presentation with Dr. Adrienne Rygel, associate professor and department chair of civil and environmental engineering technology, SUNY Canton. Light refreshments served.
INFO: Free

Sunday / Watertown

4. Share Your French Heritage! Stories from Quebec

When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake
What: TAUNY has received funding to work with other partners in the region to research the historical connection between Northern New York and Quebec and to investigate the ongoing cultural influence of that connection. Participants are encouraged to bring your own photos of family members and homesteads, objects that represent family traditions, and other artifacts and heirlooms that tell the story of your French heritage. In addition to hearing your stories, we’d love to hear your ideas for future programs and projects that present this heritage to a wide audience. The program will be led by TAUNY’s Executive Director, Jill Breit.
Cost: Free
INFO: adkmuseum.org.

Saturday / Blue Mountain Lake

5. Children’s Fall Craft Classes

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Gallery Lake Saint Lawrence Arts, 10 Main St.
What: Classes held every other Saturday afternoon. Materials are provided. No reservations required, just bring your kids.
Cost: $35
INFO: N/A

Saturday / Waddington

 

Something to Eat

1. Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: First Congregational Church of Lisbon, 9226 County Route 28
What: Menu: chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, coleslaw, pickles and cranberries, apple crisp, beverage. Benefits Camp Laurent Maintenance Fund
Cost: $9; children 10 and younger, $5.
INFO: 393-7780

Saturday / Lisbon

2. Haddock Dinner

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: AMVETS Club, Whippleville Road
What: Open to the public.
Cost:  $9 per person
INFO: N/A

Sunday / Malone

3. Breakfast with Santa

When: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sandy Ogdensburg Elks Lodge, 322 Caroline St.
What/Menu: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, home fries, juice and coffee. All are welcome. Enjoy breakfast with Santa.
Cost: $7 pp and kids under 5 years eat for free.
INFO: N/A

Sunday / Ogdensburg

4. Hunters Pancake Breakfast

When: 7 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Adams Center Fire Hall, 13401 North St.
What: Enjoy a pancake breakfast to benefit the Ladies Auxiliary.
Cost: $7.50; children ages 12 and younger, $4.
INFO: 583-5533

Saturday / Adams Center

5. Comedy Dinner at Tavern 230

When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tavern230 at Snow Ridge, 4173 West Road.
What: 4 p.m., happy hour and seating; 5 p.m., Italian buffet dinner; 6 p.m., show begins. Comedians: Moody McCarthy and Nick Marra.
Cost: $35
INFO: snowridge.com or main office, 348-8456

Sunday / Turin

 

Family Fun

1. Lego fun day

When: 10:30 a.m. to Noon Saturday
Where: Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St.
What: Legos provided by library. Listen to Lego story. New theme every month. For ages 4-12. Ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free
INFO: 387-3732

Saturday / Sandy Creek

2. Maple Science Fair

When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: American Maple Museum, 9756 State Route 812, Croghan
What: Learn about the maple industry through science experiments, maple products, maple trees and more.
Cost: Free
INFO: 346-1107

Saturday / Croghan

3. Learning to Work with Clay

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Norwood American Legion, 10 Maple St.
What: These classes will allow students to explore all aspects of creating with clay.  Hand building is the perfect way to get acquainted with this very flexible medium.  It is for all age and talent levels, and the projects that can be accomplished are infinite. All materials included.
Cost: $65 public; $58.50 members
INFO: tiartscenter.org

Saturday / Clayton

4. Family Movies and Crafts

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John St.
What: Enjoy movies and making crafts with the whole family.
Cost: Free
Info: hawnmemoriallibrary.org

Saturday / Clayton

5. Double Play 2016 Swim Lessons

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lowville Academy and Central School, 7668 N. State St.
What: Mommy and me class, any age. Pre-register at Double Play Fitness Center.
Cost: Ages 3+, $55.
INFO: doubleplaycc.com or 376-7001

Saturday / Lowville

Former Lowville resident aiding relief effort from 2015 Nepal earthquake

COURTESY OF SARAH GRAHAM Former Lowville resident Sarah Graham gets blessed by a Nepalese woman while her daughter, Mia, looks on. The pair is assisting the recovery effort from an April 2015 earthquake.

COURTESY OF SARAH GRAHAM
Former Lowville resident Sarah Graham gets blessed by a Nepalese woman while her daughter, Mia, looks on. The pair is assisting the recovery effort from an April 2015 earthquake.

By STEVE VIRKLER
SVIRKLER@LOWVILLE.COM

A former Lowville resident and her daughter have traveled to Nepal to assist in the ongoing recovery effort from an April 2015 earthquake.

“The level of poverty seems to have vastly increased as the income from tourism has plummeted in the year, only just now beginning to pick up again,” Sarah Graham said by email from the capital city of Kathmandu. “Families have been displaced, some children given to orphanages as families are unable to provide for them. They have little but are still so kind and generous. It’s been a true play on the heart.”

Ms. Graham said that she and her daughter, Mia, 9, in mid-October joined a group of 30 volunteers through the Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization 108 Lives Project, which is to be “an experiment in unconditional giving.”

“We are stationed here in Kathmandu to help rebuild, distribute clothing donations, teach children in orphanages and schools, inspire and give items, food and shelter whenever possible,” said the photographer, who worked as a reporter at the Journal & Republican weekly newspaper here in 2006.

Volunteers have been teaching at Lord’s Light Academy in Kathmandu, where 10 percent of the students are supported by a 108 Lives Project affiliate charity called Quilts for Kids, as well as speaking at local orphanages and children’s homes to inspire the children to continue in education, conducting post-traumatic stress disorder children’s play therapy, organizing clothing donations and distribution, teaching yoga and the arts and creating a mural in the burn victims ward at the children’s hospital, Ms. Graham said.

The group is also working in Phulping, about eight hours from Kathmandu, to help rebuild a school and children’s home there, she said.

COURTESY OF SARAH GRAHAM Former Lowville resident Sarah Graham and her daughter, Mia, are in Nepal assisting the recovery effort from an April 2015 earthquake.

COURTESY OF SARAH GRAHAM
Former Lowville resident Sarah Graham and her daughter, Mia, are in Nepal assisting the recovery effort from an April 2015 earthquake.

“Phulping was completely destroyed in the earthquake 1.5 years ago and is still in a vast state of disrepair — leaving nearly the entire village to live in ‘tent camps’ in the outskirts of the capital, with the rest of the village living in a roofless school in the mountains to continue daily repairs,” she wrote. “The women and children of the Sherpa Refugee camp have been living in the camp for nearly 18 months after traveling three days by foot to get to the city after the earthquake.”

Ms. Graham said she had a strong connection to Nepal after visiting the mountainous country as a volunteer when she was 16 years old.

“I remember Nepal being so peaceful and beautiful and was excited to return but also nervous as I have never been a part of a second response team before,” she said.

As the trip is self-funded, a GoFundMe page has been set up at www.gofundme.com/grahamstonepal to help cover the Grahams’ expenses for travel, food and accommodations. Any extra money collected will be donated to 108 Lives.

For more information on the program, visit www.108lives.org.

Ms. Graham said she and her daughter have been living in Brisbane, Australia, but they plan to return to New York over the upcoming holiday season.

Her parents, Richard and Francine Graham, now live in the Syracuse area. Mr. Graham formerly was Lewis County attorney.

5 Things Friday- Halloween Weekend!

Halloween Events

1. Halloween Party

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Henderson Free Library community room, 8939 Route 178
What: Games, stories in the haunted corner, costume contest, music, refreshments. Bring non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry.
Cost: Free
Info: 938-7169 or email henlib@ncls.org

Friday / Henderson

2. Children’s Halloween Party

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library
What: A spooktacular children’s Halloween party. Dress up in a costume, make a spooky craft, and watch Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. Treats will be provided.
Cost: Free
INFO
: N/A

Saturday / Sandy Creek

3. Children’s Halloween Party

When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lewis County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St.
What: Children’s Halloween party hosted by the Lewis County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912 will have snacks, candy and games for area youth.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-2733

Saturday / Lowville

4. Halloween Towne

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Veterans Memorial Park
What: Costume contest at 11 a.m.; costume parade, 11:45 a.m.; trick-or-treating at businesses, noon to 2 p.m.; carnival at Double Play Community Center. scavenger hunt, 2 to 2:45 p.m.; historical society open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; haunted house, noon to 3 p.m., Lowville United Methodist Church; adult Halloween costume party, 7:30 p.m., Tug Hill Vineyards, West Lowville.
Cost: Free
INFO: N/A

Saturday / Lowville

5. Black River Valley Fiddlers 6th Annual Halloween Costume Party

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Copenhagen Fire Department, 9950 Route 12
What: The Black River Valley Fiddlers 6th annual Halloween costume party with prizes, raffels, 50/50 and food. Sponsored by the Copenhagen Fire Auxiliary.
Cost: $5
INFO: 688-4103

Saturday / Copenhagen

 

Halloween Spookiness

1. Haunted Makeover

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: 12030 Route 12E
What: Haunted house and outdoor maze. Not recommended for those 11 and younger.
Cost: Free
INFO: 649-2200  

Friday and Saturday / Chaumont

2. Haunted Infirmary

When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Where: Clarkson Hall, 59 Main St.
What: To raise funds for medical mission trip to Dominican Republic. Potsdam’s Third Annual Haunted Infirmary’s main goal is to give you the most horrifying experience in St. Lawrence.
Cost: $10
INFO: https://www.facebook.com/potsdamhauntedinfirmary

Friday and Saturday / Potsdam

3. The Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: St. Andrew’s Church Parish Center, 200E. Main St.
What: Tours leave approximately every 15 minutes. Not suitable for children 9 and younger. Ghosts. Graves. Bloody battles. A mansion’s mysterious presence that lingers….. The centuries-old village has many dark secrets. A benefit for the Sackets Harbor School fine and performing arts departments: including the Sentinels Marching Band
Cost: $5
INFOhttps://www.facebook.com/HauntedWalkOfSacketsHarbor/about

Friday / Sackets Harbor

4. Ghost Hunt

When: 6 and 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Annie Porter Ainsworth memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St.
What: An evening with local ghost hunters. For ages 16 and older.
Cost: Free
INFO: www.ainsworthmemoriallibrary.org

Friday / Sandy Creek

 5. Haunted Paddock Arcade

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Paddock Arcade
What:  The Paddock Arcade in downtown Watertown will be taken over by ghosts, witches, and goblins. Sponsored by American Kang Duk Won Karate and the Watertown Downtown Business Association.
Cost: $5
INFO: www.facebook.com/hauntedpaddock

Friday and Saturday / Watertown

  

Halloween Happenings

1. Halloween Contra Dance

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: TAUNY, 53 Main St.
What: Costumes encouraged for an evening of dancing.
Cost: $5 to $10 suggested donation
INFO: www.tauny.org

Saturday / Canton

2. Halloween Dance

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Parishville Firemen’s Hall, 25 Rutman Road.
What: Sponsored by Parishville Fire Department ladies’ auxiliary and Parishville Amvets ladies’ auxiliary. Music by DJ Dick Wickwire. Prizes for unique costumes, raffles, silent auction, refreshments, cash bar.
Cost: $5
INFO: 265-3726

Saturday / Parishville

3. Halloween Party

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum, 250 River Road.
What: For children. Games, hay maze, apple bobbing, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin painting, treats, prizes, come in costume.
Cost: Free
INFO: www.babbiemuseum.org

Saturday / Peru

4. Children’s Halloween Program

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bowman East and Bowman West, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Perrepont Ave.
What: Hosted by Residence Life and First Year Experience Residence Halls. Trick-or-treating and other fun activities.
Cost: Free
INFO: Amanda Grazioso, grazioaj@potsdam.edu

Sunday / Potsdam

5. Trunk or Treating

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Hamilton Gardens, 80 Lagrasse St.
What: Hosted by United Helpers. Children should come in costume.
Cost: Free
INFO: 393-3074

Sunday / Waddington

 

Halloween Parties

1. Halloween Craft Night

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Brushton-Moira Central in the west cafeteria
What: Costume contest, snacks, crafts for kids, and pumpkin painting.
Cost: Entry fee $5
INFO: N/A

Friday / Brushton

2. Halloween Party

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Madrid Hepburn Library, 11 Church St.
What: Games, Prizes, ages up to 14. Wear your costume.
Cost:  Free
INFO: 322-5673.

Friday / Madrid

3. Waddington Halloween Party

When: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Waddington Hepburn Library, 30 Main St.
What: Bring a pumpkin to carve, paint or decorate, enter it into contest. Crafts and more. All welcome, wear your costume.
Cost: Free
INFO: N/A

Saturday / Waddington

4. Halloween Party

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Norwood Public Library, 1 Morton St.
What: Listen to slightly scary stories with radio host Todd Moe, do crafts and activities, and trick-or-treat in the library. Giving out free children’s books as long as supplies last.
Cost: Free
INFO: 353-6692

Saturday / Norwood

5. Halloween Party

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Henderson Free Library community room, 8939 Route 178
What: Games, stories in the haunted corner, costume contest, music, refreshments. Bring non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry.
Cost: Free
INFO: N/A

Friday / Henderson

 

Something to Eat

1. Fish Fry

When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: John C. Londraville American Legion Post 832, 248 E. Broadway St.
What: Menu: fried or boiled haddock, clam strips or chicken tenders, with coleslaw, French fries or baby browns, bread and butter.
Cost: $10; seafood platter, $14.
INFO: 654-2101

Friday / Cape Vincent

2. Roast Beef Dinner

When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 19 Main St.
What: Takeouts available. Menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, pickles, desserts, beverage. Benefits church winter heating fund.
Cost: $9; children 5 to 11, $4; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 778-3340 or bethj44@gmail.com

Friday / Philadelphia

3. Chicken Barbecue

When: 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: Forest Park Pavilion, Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St.
What: hosted by Lewis County Amateur Hockey Association.
Cost: Meals, $10; halves, $8.
INFOfundraising@lewiscohockey.org; president@lewiscohockey.org; vicepresident@lewiscohockey.org  

Sunday / Lowville

4. Harvest Dinner

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Oxbow Presbyterian Church, Church St.
What: Turkey, trimmings and pie. Take-outs available.
Cost: $9; children 6 to 12, $5; children 5 and younger, free.
Info: Ronald Sinclair, pastor, ronaldsinclair87@yahoo.com or 628-5993.

Sunday / Oxbow

Annual Polish Dinner and Dance

When: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: 3-G Fire Hall, 6229 Blue St.
What: Dance to John’s Steven’s Doubleshot and enjoy dinner.
Cost: $15 per person. Children younger than 16 admitted free.
INFO: N/A  

Sunday / Glenfield

 

Halloween Towne returns to Lowville on Saturday

STEVE VIRKLER / JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS Crossing guard Janet Lee talks with a scary customer while manning Lowville’s four-corners intersection during last year’s Halloween Towne festivities. This year’s event will be held Saturday.

STEVE VIRKLER / JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS
Crossing guard Janet Lee talks with a scary customer while manning Lowville’s four-corners intersection during last year’s Halloween Towne festivities. This year’s event will be held Saturday.

By STEVE VIRKLER
SVIRKLER@LOWVILLE.COM

The village of Lowville will once again be transformed into Halloween Towne Saturday, with several new offerings planned this year.

“It’s a great family-friendly event,” organizer Kaera L. Sawler said.

Admission is free, but some locations may have a small fee.

A bunch of children’s activities — many of them new this year — will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. They are to include a bounce house, balloon creations, Halloween stories, photo-op spots and a petting zoo. A pumpkin patch will also be set up for attendees to purchase last-minute pumpkins for Halloween, and a bake sale will be held.

A costume contest will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a costume parade at 11:45 a.m.

Trick-or-treating at 22 businesses and organizations, most of them along State Street, will be offered from noon to 2 p.m., and a carnival will also be held at Double Play Community Center’s fitness center on Utica Boulevard during that two-hour period.

New this year, a scavenger hunt will be held from 2 to 2:45 p.m., with answers to be found along State Street or inside selected businesses.

The Lewis County Historical Society on South State Street will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with displays on the pumpkin and the history of the use of toilet paper as a Halloween decoration. It will also host a mask-making session from 2 to 4 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912 on West State Street will have children’s games from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Lowville United Methodist Church on North State Street will again offer a haunted house for children from noon to 3 p.m., then one for older youths and adults from 6 to 8 p.m.

Also at night, an adult Halloween costume party is planned at the Tug Hill Vineyards in West Lowville at 7:30 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge with no costume, and the band Oceans Below will perform from 8 to 11 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Lowville Business Association and numerous businesses, including major sponsor Homes Realty of Northern New York.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide these things for free,” Mrs. Sawler said.

Event maps will be available at the historical society and Veterans Park the day of the event.

Organizers are still looking for more people to volunteer at the event, including several to help with games and a couple to assist with the mask-making. Anyone interested is asked to call Mrs. Sawler at 681-0878.

For more information, visit the Halloween Towne Facebook page at www.facebook.com/halloweentowne.

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