We are making an effort to get the paper to you weekly. It takes some coordinating so please don’t expect it on Thursday morning. It seems the best we can do, for the time being, is Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Thank you for your patience.
Candidate Chris Crosby had a barbeque for the community at Lanark’s Chillas Hall on Saturday, Aug. 13. He answered questions and served up some good food. Thank you Chris.
In my opinion, District 2 will be lucky to get any one of these three candidates. It would be great to have all three to fight for us.
Lanark mourns with Cheryl Sanders who lost her sweet husband Oscar Sanders on August 8. Cheryl and Oscar were married for 48 years and 20-plus years of that time she was Lanark’s county commissioner. She is a friend and prayers and thoughts go up for Cheryl at this sad time. She will continue her campaigning as that was Oscar’s wishes.
It is possible I will be going to the Franklin County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, August 16 to speak to the commissioners about Lanark Village, after the Association and the Review Committee were discredited in the commissioners’ Aug. 2 meeting. It started when a citizen called in with incorrect information about the Lanark Village Association, saying that they dictated to the Village. The association is a civic and social non-profit organization which does everything to help the entire community. We have meetings once a month, between October and May, where we often have speakers. County Commissioner Bert Boldt came to every meeting to be available for questions, as did the sheriff’s office’s Capt. Brad Segree, who you could say was like our liaison.
Every resident in the Lanark area can join. All are invited to our parties, covered dishes, special events and our free Thanksgiving dinners. We hosted a candidates’ Question and Answer Forum. We try to get any information out to the community, but we can’t spoon feed them. We use every source that is available to get the word out. We need more volunteers! It doesn’t make it any easier to get volunteers when some residents go out to discredit the Association by saying untrue statements publicly. I sent a letter to the Commissioners and everybody who was involved in this discussion.
Early voting has begun, you can vote at the County Annex in Carrabelle or wait to vote on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Chillas Hall.
The St. James / Lanark Fire Department is still looking for volunteer firefighters.
Commissioner Bert Boldt will welcome you at an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Come and have fun, ask questions and enjoy your neighbors.
The American Legion Post 82 will have their third Saturday of the month Karaoke Night starting at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Don’t forget Wine Down Wednesday, hosted by the Lanark Village Association every Wednesday at Chillas Hall, 5 to 7 p.m. Our last gathering of the summer will be Aug. 31.
BE BEAR WISE, Get Help, Report Conflicts, Know the Laws, 850-265-3676 and www.myfwc.com/bear. They are out there. Short-term renters, please advise your guests to secure garbage and you be sure to supply a secure place for garbage. We don’t want it spread all over Lanark. Thank you!
Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at [email protected]