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Kenoza Lake - November 20

Susan Brown Otto - Community Correspondent
Posted 11/19/20

Greetings to all. Frigid morning out there as I write this column. My phone currently says it is 19 degrees out there.

On Saturday, November 7th, 8:45 am, four Evening Grosbeaks appeared at the …

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Kenoza Lake - November 20

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Greetings to all. Frigid morning out there as I write this column. My phone currently says it is 19 degrees out there.

On Saturday, November 7th, 8:45 am, four Evening Grosbeaks appeared at the Otto birdfeeder. Wow, wow, wow! They were only there for a few minutes. I got a few lousy pictures through the screened window. Awesome. I have not seen them since. Perhaps the warm weather that we had after that date chased them away. What a sight!

Shout out to Bill Brey and his generous donation of the new Methodist Church flame that graces the outside of the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church. Also, thank you to Ed Neumann, Sr. for doing the electrical wiring. It looks gorgeous lit up at night. Thank you, Bill.

The main rut is winding down. Your trusty Kenoza Lake news correspondent witnessed a major rut experience on Monday morning of this week. One hot doe (named Debbie the Doe) and four bucks, standing in a line, hoping that they are the father of her next fawn.

The boy with the largest rack escorted the belle of the ball off into the woods. While Big Boy waltzed off with the Belle of the Ball, the spike (the teenager) sparred with buck number two (in terms of size).

One buck just turned around and started looking for another doe, as he was last in line (he was buck number three in terms of size.) Buck number two (antler size wise) rubbed his antlers on a nearby tree. Fascinating to witness the courting that takes place during the annual Whitetail deer rut. The day after all this activity, no bucks, just our faithful doe Debbie who seems to live next to the Otto house.

The Town of Bethel absentee ballots were counted on Monday morning, November 16th. What a process! Wow! Impressive. There was a total of 540 valid Town of Bethel absentee votes counted. The uncertified ballots resulted in my winning the Town of Bethel Tax Collector position. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I very much appreciate it.

I recently popped my head into Sue Bodenstein's store, The Secret Garden on Main Street in Jeffersonville. GORGEOUS STORE! One stop shopping for Christmas shopping, for sure! Our local stores need your support.

Advent begins on November 29th. The official start of Christmas on the Christian calendar.

The Brandenburg Bakery in Livingston Manor recently sold. I understand that the Flynns are moving to Germany. I am trying to find out if the new owners of the Bradenburg Bakery will be making Christmas Stollen or not. The phone number for the bakery doesn't seem to be working. Strange.

No column next week, next column will be December 4th.

Unfortunately, we can't sing in church now with the current COVID-19 restrictions. However, I am the organist at the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church and this coming Sunday, November 22nd, I will be playing the below hymn before and after the weekly church service, as well as We Gather Together. However, the below hymn is one of my top 10 of favorite hymns.

At this time of reflection, and gratitude, please join me in singing this hymn. If you don't know the tune, please google it.

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.

Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest home;

All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin;

God, our Maker, doth provide. For our wants to be supplied;

Come to God's own temple, come, Raise the song of harvest home

Count your blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

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