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Memorial Day event a success

To the Valley News:

On behalf of the people of the Catholic Community of Holy Name and St. Matthew parish in Au Sable Forks, I would like to thank all the wonderful people from across the North Country who participated in our annual Labor Day celebration. The day started out with a wet forecast and an early morning light and thunder show with a soft rainfall at 4 a.m. but as the sun rose so did the prospects for a glorious day. Thank you God! A heartfelt thanks to the organizing committee who spent many hours going over plans and lists, making phone calls, gathering materials and bringing ideas into realities. Thank you to the set-up crew who spent the week preparing the grounds and putting things away when all was done. To those who donated prizes or loaned us materials for our use, the towns of Black Brook and Jay for their assistance, the Clinton and Essex County Sheriff’s departments and State Police for their assistance with traffic control during the parade, to the parade participants and to our advertisers. For the help we received from the American Legion, Riverside Bowling Alley, and our many vendors for going the extra mile, especially our local Tops store. To all the workers who spent Labor Day in a labor of love for their community, working game booths, cooking over hot griddles, the charcoal pit or in the hot kitchen, helping to remove trash, take care of the cash, selling tickets, working bingo, playing music or keeping booths stocked with toys for the excited children, your hard work and joyful smiles are deeply appreciated. At the end of the day when all the prizes were awarded and all were exhausted there came another burst of energy as in one short hour much of the grounds came down and was put inside before the sky let loose its downpour of rain and wind. Thank you again God for holding the rain but especially Lord, thank you for all the good people who gave so freely and fully of themselves for the sake of others and working together blessed our community with an outstanding celebration in a labor of love.

In Christ’s service,

Fr. Kris Lauzon

Pastor

Holy Name Church

Au Sable Forks

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