2017-05-04 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•Spring is my favorite time of year. I love watching the beautiful flowers that start to bloom in late March and then continue through until fall. But I especially like the cool and somewhat warmer air that accompanies this time of year. However, when it’s 80 degrees and humid one day, and then 60 degrees the next day, I am less than thrilled. If I had my way, we would enjoy temperatures in the 70s from April until summer arrives in mid-June.

•Right now, my thoughts are with the late Ed Wolfe, the founder and owner of the Babylon Beacon for many years who got the Village to plant cherry trees around Argyle Lake. We are so lucky to have such a lovely vista when we walk or drive past Argyle.

•Speaking of Argyle Lake, mark your calendars: the Babylon Village Arts Council will be holding its 10th annual “Art by the Falls” on May 20 (rain date May 21) at Argyle Falls. For further information, call Rose Norman at 631-669-1810.

•Have you visited Edible Arrangements in its new shop on Main Street? It is now located at 80 A West Main Street in the small shopping center just west of Sweet Street and Ferraro’s Liquor Store. While I use their services for get-well baskets and in lieu of flowers for a funeral, I now stop in regularly to buy their fruit salads or Fro-Yo Shakes. Fruit from this store is always fresh and ripe, and their fruit salad cups, shakes, smoothies and coffee and fruit drinks are delicious and reasonably priced. Stop in and try one!

•Sue Borg, a lifelong resident and close friend, who works at the library and also at the grade school, is recovering from a fall. She was in the playground and was accidentally brushed by a child running past, causing her to lose her balance and fall, breaking her hip. She is recovering at home and receiving lots of get-well messages from her many friends.

•Sorry to report that Patrick “Packy” McGinnis, a man who moved to Babylon back in the late 70s, died on April 28. Longtime companion of the late Nancy Swan, Packy became a familiar face to many, working at both the Babylon Public Library and the E. Donald Conroy golf course. I first met him when he offered to help out when I held a Christmas sale at my home, using Christmas ornaments and decorations from the small shop I owned at the time, Sudder Bazaar. Nancy was one of three wonderful ladies that worked for me: Nancy Swan, Marge Moran and Jean Phillips. It took several days to set up for the sale and Packy arrived with Nancy and offered to set up lighting to show off the products at their best. He did a marvelous job and I later learned he had worked professionally in lighting theater and opera.

A wake will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sat., May 6 at Chapey's Funeral Home, West Islip. A brief service will immediately follow at the funeral home.

•Wishes for a terrific birthday (and a wonderful year) go out to Mary Mimi McGlone Juckes!

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