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Thursday, July 25, 2024


Lower 6.7.2006

By Christine Cote

Summer is here before schedule, and the warm weather sure feels great.
I know all the kids are itching to get out of school and have a few months off.
Remember to vacation a little here in our county this summer. Take your family to one of our attractions in your spare time.
Sometimes people miss things right in their own backyards.
The Lower Township Chamber of Commerce meets tomorrow for lunch at Chalkis Restaurant on Bayshore Road in Villas.
Guest speakers will be Tod from Crest Financial, who will speak about small business retirement plans, and Ray from Majestic Home Mortgage Corporation, who will provide information about home mortgages.
Lunch is $12 and that includes an entrŽe, dessert, tax and tip. Menu choices are prime rib, chicken Parmesan, and broiled flounder. A vegetarian dish is available on request.
Call 609-884-7703 if you’d like to attend or find out more about the chamber.
Historic Cold Spring Village is hosting the second annual Celtic Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and there will be lots to see and do.
Entertainers will include the Barley Boys, singer and storyteller Jim Albertson, Tad Marks, Charlie Zahm, the Irish Cultural Society of South Jersey, the Irish Pipe Brigade, Peter MacDonald, Irish balladeer.
Also Sandpiper pipes and drums, Robert Mouland, legacy of the Irish Harp, South Jersey Ceili Band and Dancers, and Tom and Mariann Tucker’s, Tunes and Tales.
There will be Irish and Scottish vendors, a presentation on the Book of Kells, a bagpipe workshop, knitting workshop, and Irish and Scottish dance workshops.
The village’s interpretative buildings will be closed for the day, but a bake sale table will be set up by the Country Store and the bakery and ice cream parlor will be open.
There will also be a pub tent provided by Yards Brewery of Philadelphia.
The village will also be sponsoring a new summer camp program “Village Kids” for youngsters ages seven to 11 Thursday and Friday afternoons in July.
To request an application and find out more details call Karen Hollywood at 609-898-2300 ext. 12.
Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene on Seashore Road in Erma is holding Vacation Bible School for kids in the third to sixth grades on Wednesday evenings starting June 21.
The program “Fiesta! Where Kids are Fired Up about Jesus” will continue until Aug. 30.
Sessions are from 6:45 to 8 p.m., except for the first one. That starts at 6 p.m. with an exciting fiesta for the whole family to kick off the summer long program.
Here’s some news about one of our residents. Ray Petit is publishing his second book “Then and Now.”
It is a memoir, autobiography, and self-help book based on his life growing up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania.
The book also includes advice on what he has learned from his long life of 86 years.
His first book “WWII From My Vantage Point” was based on a journal he kept the three years he was in England, Africa, and Italy during the war.
Both books will be available in local bookstores.
Some of you may know his wife, painter D.J. Petit, whom I want to thank for passing this information on to me.
I welcome any news about residents and the township that anyone would like to share.
The high school’s annual Art Exhibit June 1 was an eye-popping delight.
Who knew we had so many creative kids in our community? Well, I did suspect it because I know a few of them and they are great.
Hats off to the musicians and singers who performed in the jazz program that night. It was fun and I know the audience really enjoyed it.
That’s all for now. Have fun, stay safe, and watch out for kids in the streets. 

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