June is fast approaching, and with it comes the start of a busy summer in Keeseville. The Spring Fling, Methodist Church Yard Sale, Farmers' Market, Library Sales are among some of the many events just around the corner. These events offer an opportunity to get rid of items no longer used for many people. A strong word of caution though - as a librarian I often receive donated books, which is great unless the books are damaged or marked up badly. Basically, instead of throwing them away, people transfer the job to someone else. This is annoying and time consuming and sometimes costly.
Pastor Edie Poland finds the same thing happens at the Methodist Thrift Store. With a volunteer staff and no profit margin it can detract a lot from their charitable mission if they have to throw out donated items. Please, if it is not gently used - throw it out yourself. The Thrift Store serves an important function to our community.
Pastor Poland urges families who are the victims of house fires to contact the Church or Thrift Store any time to receive needed items to replace those lost. Whether to receive or give, call the Thrift Shop at 834-9918 or the Church at 834-7577. The Pastor also wants to mention the June 6 performance of the local praise band, Psalm 33, at 11 a.m. Again contact the church for more details or visit their website at www.keesevilleharknessumc.com.
People interested in donating again gently used books for the upcoming library sale should contact the Keeseville Public Library at 834-9054. It is best to contact prior to dropping off books in order to double check if there are any particular types not needed or to make sure the staff is prepared to receive donations.
The Farmers' Market will start at the end of June. Call the manager, Sam Hendren, at 834-7306 if interested in becoming involved with this ongoing event. Next week I will provide more information on the annual Spring Fling, which is a town wide yard sale event. Clean those attics or garages!