ARA President's Report - November/December 2018 Edition

It's beginning to look a lot like...rain?  It’s been a wet couple of months, but hopefully December will be better.  The news from the ARA Board is chock full of happenings this month. And we do have newly paved roads, just in time for the Holidays! 

Alplaus Runaround: Thank you to Andy Gilpin and the Alplaus Run Around Committee, as well as our participants, for braving the elements and putting on another terrific event in October. Please make sure to read Andy’s take on this year’s Run Around, and check out the top finishers! 

Holiday Party: The Annual Holiday Party at the Firehouse will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 5-7 pm.  I hope you’ll join us for Santa’s arrival, great refreshments, crafts for the kids, music, and Christmas caroling. For anyone not observing or celebrating Christmas, please come; it is a wonderful way to spend time with your neighbors. 

Board of Fire Commissioners Elections: The fire commissioners play a significant role in what goes on in this hamlet. An election for a new commissioner for the Glenville Fire District #2 (Alplaus) will take place at the firehouse on December 11, 2018, 6-9 pm. Please come out and vote; it would be nice to maintain significant Alplaus representation on this board. 

Luminaires: The Watson family moved to Alplaus in late December '02 and were able to experience the magic of luminaries in the hamlet. There was a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, and we were returning home from visiting family only to be welcomed by luminaries lining the streets. It was an amazing sight. Although some residents have carried on the luminaries tradition, it has faded over the years. If you are interested in carrying it forward this year, the Alplaus Methodist Church is selling luminaries; to purchase some, contact Barb Trask at 518 399-6454. Luminaries can also be purchased at local craft shops. No matter what your holiday traditions are, luminaries are a great way to display the magic of our community. I hope you will join us in illuminating Alplaus on the evening of December 24th. 

Volunteer with the ARA Board: The ARA could always use more people to help out with hamlet activities. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me to sign up.  The next ARA Board meeting is  Wednesday, December 12, at 7:15 pm.

Closing Notes: That’s all for now; I hope that your Thanksgiving was a pleasant one and that the upcoming holidays bring you and your family much joy.