My column this week is dedicated to the original writer of this column, Ethel Hulse, who passed away on October 9 (see death notice, p. 8). She wrote Lake Huntington News for many years before I took over writing the column in late 2012. Read more
I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, I spent mine with family and friends, I am truly blessed. I would like to wish all who are going back to school a great year and hope you learn and do not have too much homework. This might come as a surprise, but I hated it when I had to go back to school. Most kids get new outfits and pretty shoes—no, not me. I had that itchy wool Catholic uniform, green socks and saddle shoes (I really hated them). When I went to a public high school, it was so much different. I really did do so much better, and the nuns and I did not see eye to eye. Read more
I love it when I am out and about and someone stops me and says, “Are you Eileen Hennessy? I love your column.” I had a lot of feedback on the whale-watching trip; you are going to like this one. I was down on Long Island for a family party. My cousin lives out by the cemetary in which my parents and Tommy are buried. My youngest brother, Christopher/Ariel Sinclair is a famous drag queen. He, my brother Teddy, Teddy’s girlfriend Debbie and I walked to my parents’ grave. Read more
I was sitting at home watching TV on Friday morning, very sad about what a sick world we live in. Watching the ambush in Dallas, people should remember all lives matter. We need to love one another, be kind and let there be peace on earth.
I have to get my column done early once again. I am going to Boston with the Tusten Youth Group. Pastor Phyllis Haynes is my travel partner. We have to be at the bus at 5:45 Saturday morning. I am not the type of person who likes to get up early, but it’s a five-hour bus trip, so I can go back to sleep. Read more
What a great time I had at Bethel Woods with my friends Kathy and Danny and my brother Teddy at the Journey, Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason Concert. It really is a beautiful place, and you run into so many people that you know from upstate and from Queens, where I grew up. If you have never been there you should go it’s amazing.
The Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid will have card parties every Monday during July and August except the 4th of July, that being a holiday. So if you are looking to get out of the house, stop by and play cards. If I did not have to work I would be there. Read more
I think I found the answer to having something to write about: I have to stay home and be out and about. Thursday night I went to the high school to watch the Senior Spring Concert. I cannot believe how talented these kids are. I saw the same faces in the play “Damn Yankees.” They can sing and play their instruments just as well as Broadway performers. Read more
Just spent a nice Memorial Day weekend away camping in Andover, NJ, with my goddaughter and her family. When I left on Monday, I found out Ringwood, NJ was only 45 minutes away. You got it—I went and spent a few hours with Fr. Bill. I got there just as lunch was being served. They were eating a nice barbeque. Father loved the ribs. There was one priest who was asking, “If I am born in 1927, how old am I?” He asked a few different people, and everyone answered 89. Read more
It has been a very sad week in the Town of Cochecton with the passing of Mike Maas, Louise Swendsen, Brian Yewchuck and Bill Grund. Bill was my neighbor and friend. I will always remember working the Founders Days with him. I loved to listen to Bill tell stories of the olden days, working with him at The Cochecton Center Community Center tag sales. It would make my day when I was in Peck’s/Pete’s in the morning and Bill would come in with his clipboard with his shopping list on it. I was always late for work because we would be gabbing. Read more
As those of you who have been following this column for a while know, I have relatives in England. I just want to share with you that they had snow on Friday. Our weather has been so mild—hope it’s a nice summer, 70 degrees. (OK, maybe 80 degrees every once and awhile, but I am not a fan of sweating.) Read more
What a great weekend. I went to my sister-in-law’s 60th birthday and then to a reunion at my favorite bar, Kerrigan’s in Queens. There is nothing like hanging out with the old crowd. Loving this weather. On my way down, I stopped to see Fr. Bill. He sends his love to all and is holding his own. Read more