It never ceases to amaze me that people go about living their honorable lives and do good things making their quiet contributions to better our community. And we know nothing of it until there is a …
It never ceases to amaze me that people go about living their honorable lives and do good things making their quiet contributions to better our community. And we know nothing of it until there is a crisis of some sort and one of our neighbors needs our help. And in this circumstance is where the people in the Town of Highland always step up in a big way because we recognize that kindness and decency still matter to all of us and it shines like a beacon of opportunity through our differences.
On Saturday, March 25th from 8-1pm there will be a community benefit at the Highland Town Hall on Proctor Road for Rich Watts and an opportunity to lend our support for the Watts family as Rich undergoes some necessary aggressive treatment for Multiple Myeloma and deals with very difficult days ahead. Several organizations and our local churches have come together to plan a truly fabulous, something for everybody benefit for Rich- Barryville United Methodist Church, The Eldred Congregational Church, Pond Eddy Methodist Church, Konrads Country Kitchen, Young Life Lake Champion Camp, Can’t Hurt Steel Foundation and the Boys Scouts-Troop 102. Rich is a long-time member of the Highland community, and he and his family are members of the Barryville United Methodist Church.
For the past twenty seven years Rich has worked at Lake Champion Young Life Christian Camp in Glen Spey where Rich was not only a valued and dedicated employee but he was considered a role model for everyone for his hard work ethic and living his strong faith based life. He has been active in the Boy Scouts for many decades and still serves today as the chairman of the local Boy Scout Council. During the pandemic, the Eldred Congregational Church decided to place a serve yourself food pantry box on their property outside of the church and it was Rich who provide his carpentry expertise and his professional hours to design and build an easily accessible weather proof box that still serves as a lifeline for food for our neighbors who continually suffer from food insecurities.
The “It’s Watts Happening Let It Shine” Community Support Day for Rich Watts is on Saturday, March 25th from 8-1pm and starts with a breakfast feast with eggs, sausages, bacon, French toast sticks, hash browns and muffins. Breakfast is sit down or take out and tickets are $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for kids six to twelve years old and little ones under six years old eat for free. Also, there is a wonderful soup sale happening with a new twist- you can pre-order your soup purchases by emailing your order to firstname.lastname@example.org. or buy soups at the event prepared by Konrad Kovacs from the Yulan Country Store and the head chef at Young Life Lake Champion which includes soup-lovers favorites, Southwestern Chicken, Cream of Mushroom and Minestrone. The soups prices are $8.00 a quart and $5.00 a pint. There will be a Bake Sale of all homemade specialties and prices are pay-as-you-wish donations.
Once you have been so well fed, you can enter a raffle for themed gift baskets, and gift certificates and some other truly amazing prizes-a $250. of Pecks Market Gift cards, a river float trip from Silver Canoes, a cord of split firewood donated by Marc Anthony of Peckerheads Firewood and a $200. Gift card from Dicks Sporting Goods with new prizes being added all the time. Ruth Consiglio had donated her lovely face painting talents to beautify all of the smiling faces. Truly something for everyone in the family to enjoy while we pour our community healing spirit and support Rich and his family as they prepare for the difficult times ahead. If you cannot attend, donations can be made by mailing a check payable to ECC and designated for Rich Watts and mailed to the Eldred Congregational Church, PO Box 116, Eldred, NY 12732 or VENMOed to @itswattshappening. If you want to donate a gift basket or a gift certificate-they can be dropped off at the Eldred Congregational Church at 8 Proctor Road or a pick up can be arranged by calling the church. This It’s Watts Happening Let It Shine” Community Support Day for Rich Watts is such a wonderful event on so many levels, and I hope everyone will attend or donate towards its success in any way they can. A definite SEE YOU THERE!
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