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Halloween simply bewitching in Rodgers Forge [Rodgers Forge]

Third grader Stella Hamilton tries on an old-fashioned hairdryer for size with grandparents Mary and Dino Blazakis.
Third grader Stella Hamilton tries on an old-fashioned hairdryer for size with grandparents Mary and Dino Blazakis. (Submitted photo)

Halloween is next week! It's definitely the busiest celebration in Rodgers Forge and one of the most fantastic nights to be a resident. So much excitement and revelry. Costumed children everywhere (and I mean everywhere), fire pits and happy hours … the whole night is simply bewitching!

And we rarely ever have a problem. Probably because while we're all having fun, the Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol is hard at work being ninjas. And this year will be no different. Rob Williams, co-leader of the Rodgers Forge COP is busy organizing its annual Pumpkin Patrol. What's a Pumpkin Patrol? Well, it's the COP's most extensive patrol outing of the year. The Pumpkin Patrol begins on what is commonly referred to as Mischief Night, the night before Halloween. The group patrols well into that night to help prevent any acts of vandalism or mischief that may occur as a result of ill-conceived shenanigans. They continue their efforts on Halloween and the night after to insure the safety of trick-or-treaters and also to help prevent any mischievous activities. The Pumpkin Patrol is still looking for added volunteers. If you're a Rodgers Forge resident and you can spare an hour or two volunteering for this effort, contact the RFCOP at rfcop.com.

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Inspiration can come from anywhere. And one can wonder how many people find inspiration from what may seem the most normal of circumstances. Leigh Rayburn, Murdock Road, along with her brother, Will, and her parents George and Caroline, attended a Rodgers Forge Community Picnic a few years ago. She rode the pony and instantly fell in love with riding. So at 7, she started taking riding lessons at Tack 'N Trot in Worthington Valley. But when they closed, she did not let that deter her. She followed the ponies to St. Timothy's School and has been riding there for a year and a half. Leigh really enjoys her lessons and according to her mom, Leigh "started showing in the Mini Stirrup last April and has moved to Short Stirrup. In Leigh's most recent show, she was Grand Champion in the Short Stirrup Hunter Division and got a 4th place finish in her merit class." Congratulations, Leigh. Stay inspired.

Rodgers Forge Elementary School and the RFES PTA hosted Generations Day on Thursday, Oct. 16. Katy Annis and Amy Waldron, both of Dunkirk Road, co-spearheaded the event that welcomed grandparents and other senior friends to RFES for an interactive celebration that included special crafts and activities, musical interludes and photo opportunities. Deb Heacock, Regester Avenue, was the Chief Chick in Charge of hospitality which offered tasty, bite-sized treats and dark and glorious nectar of the gods (coffee) by which to properly welcome our guests. Many parents volunteered with the coordination and logistics, the event was well attended and, most importantly, the children were super excited to share their world with people they love bigger than the sky. Feel free to drop me an email. I'd love to share your good news.

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