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Saturday, November 26, 2016


by Monica Thomas

Daisy Mae, the foundlings and I wish you a BLESSED THANKSGIVING Season. Winter has come with a fury so keep an eye on those slippery roads. I encountered another deer the other night and ice skated pretty well on four wheels but, my hood and front grill have a new shape. It’s the season, hunting season is in full gear, so be careful driving and wear your orange if you’re in the woods. Also Small Town Christmas kicks off on Saturday Nov. 26 with SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

AT THE SCHOOL: School is closed from Thursday, November 24-Monday, Nov. 28, resuming Tuesday November, 29, 2016. OV SPLASH November 2016 issue of the student newspaper is available on the school website. Great job kids! There will be an Alumni Band Night on December 12, 2016, open to all and everyone within the valley for a chance to jam with the pep band. Contact Ben Smith at 814-260-1701 or There is now a link on the school website for parents to see a complete list of upcoming tests and dates. 

There are two School Board seats available please contact the school if you are interested.

We have some talented music students Karina West, Ava Lee, Olivia Jandrew, Emilee Andress and Morgan Spinks have all been accepted for either District Band, District Orchestra or District Chorus. They are all preparing for their upcoming events. If you see any of these kids please congratulate them from their hard work well done.

Congratulations to the young girls of G2 Gymnastics. Twenty-seven girls traveled with Coach Jonnie Gieger to Johnstown to compete in their first competition of the year. The Level 3 team brought home a 3rd place team award at the event. Overall 90 awards including all around champions was awarded to the girls. They had 9 gymnasts qualify for the PA State Competition to be held next spring. They are Irelyn Rounsville, Madison Errick, Brielle Fidurko, Kaylee Oswald, Madison Gietler, Ashley Oswald, Laci Miller, Selin Sumer and Emma Saulter. The team will be heading back to Johnsontown, PA for the Kristal Uzelac Invitational hosted by Uzelac on December 3 & 4, 2016.

AT THE OV SENIOR CENTER: Monday November 28: Meatloaf with gravy; “Cyber Monday” Walking club and Wii,. Tuesday: November 29 Potato Crusted Fish: Wii, PTH Program “Illness Prevention” w/ Kristy Briggs, DOH and the Quilters meet downstairs they are hand quilting a quilt for our upcoming Gun Raffle in March and also working on pets beds for donation and Resting Waters blankets for Vietnam Veterans’. Wednesday, November 30: Chicken Breast Supreme Bingo and Wii. Come and join them any day for lunch or just stop by and visit Call 814-697-7178 to make a lunch reservation. 

What is coming up at the center: Nov. 26th Shop Small Business Saturday, Shop Local 10AM-2PM. Home based businesses will be inside the center. You'll be looking for mice for the festival contest. Our businesses will be donating prizes for drawings when our mice contest is done!!! Mark your calendars and be sure to pop in for your Christmas shopping needs! Dec. 3rd Breakfast with Santa 9AM-11AM. Along with Candy Cane Lane at the Elementary School.

AT THE LIBRARY: they are closed today Nov. 24, and Friday the 25 and Saturday 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Opening Monday, Nov. 28 with a Board Meeting at 4:00 p.m. and the Stitch Together Group on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

On Veterans Day I had the opportunity to be at the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and help them with photos for their website. Their facebook page is Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. I picked up a newsletter from the Veterans’ Affairs Office and discovered an article on discounts given to veterans from local business throughout Potter County. Please check with Bill Simpson the new director of the program at for a copy of the newsletter and list. They will be having Trivia Night on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8:00 p.m. See the Shinglehouse Post 530 Sons of the American Legion facebook page for more information.

Friday, Nov. 25: 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Christmas Display on Coons Crossing, Judy and Bill wish everyone a happy holiday season. If it is windy the display will not be lit. They do an awesome job and I can’t wait to go see it myself. I love the igloos!
7:00 p.m. Santa Claus Lane Parade, Olean, N.Y. the new street lighting displays are beautiful. I know this is a tradition for many local families and with the new traffic patterns and red lights gone it’s nice to see they found a way to create the rows of lit lights we are all use to seeing this time of year on West State Street, enjoy everyone.

Sunday, Nov. 27: at the American Legion Post #530 the Oswayo Valley Trap Team will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast. 8:30-1:00 at $6.00 per person, they will be serving pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage. This fundraiser is to help purchase Clay pigeons and shells for the OV Trap Team.

Wednesday, November 30: hometown girl Rachel Bell will be live with band mates from SEAGLASS. They will be at the African American Center for Cultural Development at 1803 West State Street, Olean, N.Y. From 7 pm-10 pm.

Well it’s here I can’t believe it, I and my daughter Cheri Maxson want to thank everyone on the committee who has planned and helped bring this joyous month long event to Shinglehouse. This is our 3rd year and it will begin with Lighting Assembly Park on November 25. 

Saturday is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 10-2:00 over 20 businesses will be participating. Eight will be at the OV Senior Center and others will have the doors open and the blue Shop Small signs in their windows. As part of this event we have planted a variety of the 20 “I Spy Mice Contest” happy hunting we have some great gifts to award. 

Also on Saturday note the Miniature Village we have had in the Senior Center basement in years past is now on display at Howard’s Home Furnishings until December 29. This reminds me of window shopping in Detroit as a young girl with my grandmother; all the store windows were just beautiful decorated for the holidays.
Sunday, November 27: A Small Town Christmas Light Parade & Holiday Hounds Costume Contest & Promenade starting at 5:00 p.m. to be followed by Kick off to Christmas: Winter Mini- Festival at the parking lot of OV Senior Center. Santa will light the Tree and is giving out hats, scarfs and mittens to all the children. There will be some food vendors with hot food for sale. Cocoa and cookies are free along with some family activities. 

Also on Sunday the 27th through December 7: Deck the Homes Lighting Contest for business, homes and churches. Entrance forms are available at the Library with a $5.00 entrance fee or their website:
November 28:- Dec. 12 Coloring contest at Oswayo Valley Memorial Library.
November 30: Annual Food Drive for the Shinglehouse Food Pantry; (needed: holiday cake and cookie mixes and canned fruit) Please place in a collection boxes at: OVML, Shop n Save, OV Schools, OV Senior Center & Norton’s Supply.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Candy Cane Lane will have vendors for their Craft Fair, Santa for the kids and at 11:30 Anita Matthews Norton will present a String Ensemble from her Stray Cat String’s Group in the Elementary Auditorium.

Feel free to drop in and set a spell on the porch with me and Daisy Mae and his 2 foundling kittens he’s adopted or we can be reached at 814-697-7625, or my face book page to report information about what your organization is planning or news of the Oswayo Basin.

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