After spending just over two weeks in New Hampshire, I have to say how wonderful it is to be back home in La Crescenta. Not only did I miss a couple of really great community events – Relay For Life, of which I was co-chairperson with Mary O’Keefe, and the Special Olympics qualifying meet at Crescenta Valley High School – but I also missed my friends and family. Don’t get me wrong – New Hampshire was a fine place to visit despite the snow. The people I met and worked with could not have been more hospitable and kind. Also I had a chance to visit with some of my cousins, the Bannons, who have a healthy population on the East Coast. How wonderful was it for me to meet up with several of my cousins during those two weeks! I will forever be grateful to them for taking time out of their very busy lives to meet with their California cousin at the Irish Cottage pub in Methuen, Massachusetts. They say that you can choose your friends but not your family; these are folks that I would choose if I could for family and am privileged to also call them my friends.
I am also so grateful to the Crescenta Valley Weekly team for coming together those two weeks that I was away. Whether it was good genes, good training, or just a good work ethic, these folks made sure that the CV Weekly was in your driveway and at the many places we distribute each and every Thursday.
While it was tough being away I must share with you – I sure did enjoy those long hot showers that a drought-free New Hampshire has available.
Though I missed the Foothills Relay For Life and Special Olympic events, I am very
excited to be home in time for the Hometown Country Fair on Saturday. This is one of the highly anticipated events for our community and is hosted by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been involved since the beginning of the fair; the first year, temperatures were so hot over that Labor Day weekend that the fair hardly had any visitors. The following year a monsoon-like storm hit with such strength that we had to run from the park to save our lives. But the worst seems to be behind us. This year looks like we’re going to have terrific weather to entice fairgoers.
And why not go to the fair? You can have great food, play some games, go on some carnival rides, take part or watch the dog parade, visit interesting vendors; there’s just so much to do.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Crescenta Valley Park at the bottom of Dunsmore Avenue. Stop by the volunteer booth where I’ll be until 1 o’clock to say hi.