2017-09-14 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

Babylon Village hosted still another wonderful Country Fair. I wonder if my mother’s ghost watched the event with pride. I know I was proud to have been a part of the fair from the beginning, but more proud in the part my parents played in the history of this small microcosm.

I am also so proud of the people of Babylon who have worked hard to make it a wonderful and lovely place to live.

As I worked at the Fair, I could not help but think of those who started it many years ago. Many of them are gone now and I cannot help but mourn their loss. I probably would never have known a lot of them except for the fair. I like to think they are watching the event with one another, pointing out new booths and the people that work in them. Most of all I hope they see what a lovely legacy they have left behind.

•Speaking of legacies, sadly I must tell you that Dr. Milton (Mitty) Beyers passed away on Aug. 20 at 96. His daughter Beth tells me that there will be a memorial in his honor at Chapey’s Funeral Home on Sept. 23. (See Babylon Beacon Aug. 31 for full obituary).

Photo by Kathryn Geraghty Photo by Kathryn Geraghty Mitty and his late wife Mac were two wonderful people and did so much for Babylon.

•We’ve lost another man who was an integral part of Babylon for several decades: John Palmer. Although he moved south a while ago, many will recall that John owned the Babylon Recreation Shop from the 50s until sometime in the early 70s. The shop was located where the UPS Store is now, and was popular with the youth of the village as the main source for records.

When he retired, he and his wife Grace sailed the East Coast and the Caribbean for many years, before they settled in sunny Florida.

•I recently found out that father-son duo, Mark and Dylan Perlman, owners of the Argyle Theater (formerly the Babylon Theater) have bought and refurbished 500 seats from the Beacon Theater in New York City. Personally, I can’t wait for the Argyle to open! I hope to have more info soon.

•Next Tuesday, Sept. 19, a free Prostate Cancer Screening Program will be held at the Amityville Fire Department from 4 to 5:45 p.m. NYS Sen. John Brooks, Assemblywoman Kimberly John-Pierre, Suffolk Legislature’s Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and the Integrated Medical Foundation are hosting it. The screening is open to all men over 40 who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of insurance standing. All Babylon Town residents are eligible for this screening.

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