2016-09-01 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•I spent last weekend in Saratoga, helping my brother Rob celebrate his 65th birthday! Sixty five is a pretty significant age these days, and it’s hard to believe that Rob has reached that age. Every once in a while I think about the age that I have reached or the ages of nieces and nephews. Incredible! I can remember playing in a sandbox or pushing him on a swing. Time seems to pass so quickly

While at Rob’s, we spent Sunday at the Saratoga Race Track, the oldest and most beautiful track in the country. Both Rob and my sister Janet picked a 50-1 shot and they won! I also had some winners and came home with about $30 more than I went with, which is fine with me.

The horses are so beautiful. My dream has always been to live in a place where I could both sail and go horseback riding. One out of two’s not bad, I guess.

•This past Sunday, the Conklin House held a special ceremony to honor Village residents 85 and older. A DVD played in one corner on which some of the residents told stories of their lives in Babylon. Later they were presented with a copy of the DVD and a special award. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

•I’d forgotten to mention seeing “Alice in Wonderland” as presented by the James Street Players. I was a bit reluctant to go because the Disney version I saw as a child scared me a lot. However, the children who made up the cast were terrific, especially “Alice”!

•It’s hard to believe that August has come and gone, and this weekend is the last chance to visit the Gilbert C. Hanse pool. While I haven’t had an opportunity to actually swim, I go down periodically to chat with friends and enjoy the breeze. I wish that the Village could extend the pool season, but so many employees have gone back to college and others have to return to high school next week, so it’s not feasible. If I ever win the big prize in the lottery, perhaps I’ll donate enough money to enclose and heat the pool for year-round use! (Don’t hold your breath.)

I would like to compliment the pool staff, especially the management and Trustee Tony Davida.

•The Dirty Sock Run was a big success, with more than 750 runners participating. If you consider the heat that has plagued us this summer, that’s a great turnout. All funds raised by this Rotary event are donated to the various church soup kitchens and food banks in the Village. Thank you to all the runners, volunteers (especially Happy and Chrissy Auer) and sponsors for their time and effort.

•Speaking of community events, don’t forget the Babylon Country Fair, sponsored by the Babylon Beautification Society on Sept. 18 at Argyle Park. We also have the Rotary’s Wine & Food Expo on Sept. 25. It will be held this year at Bergen Point Golf Club.

Happy Labor Day to one and all!

Readers can write to Mary Gallagher at 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon NY 11702, or via email at acjnews@rcn.com. Please put News and Muse in the subject line.

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