Montgomery Locals 10/30/2019
Halloween is coming, and I have noticed that with every passing year more and older teenagers are trick-or-treating. I’m one of the younger members of Generation X, when most of us stopped trick-or-treating around the end of elementary school or junior high because back then Halloween was intended to be a time for little children to get candy.
When I see high school students out trick-or-treating, I think, “Good for them.” I say let them have their youthful fun. The truth is, I feel bad for kids and young adults these days because their childhood days have been so different from every generation that preceded them.
I really believe that I grew up in a golden time. America wasn’t at war during my early childhood, the Cold War was so close to the end we really weren’t worried about it, and while we knew the term “stranger danger,” kids were generally safe to go outside and play without an adult nearby.
Today’s children and teenagers have grown up in the post-9/11 world where America has always been at war and things like terrorism, shootings, and abductions have become realistic concerns. Not to mention that today’s teenagers have the stress of trying to plan their future career paths in an age where cost of tuition has become so astronomical that a bachelor’s degree can cost six figures at many colleges.
If high school students going out for one night wearing a costume and getting some bite-sized candy bars make them feel happy and carefree, let them enjoy it. There’s a lot of stresses and fears that the current young generation has had to endure that we never had to worry about.
THOT “The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself, like a spider, in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it
all that comes.” Leo Tolstoy
Happy birthday wishes go to Lee Hively, who will be celebrating his birthday on October 31.
Wednesday, Oct. 30-A Monster Mash Party will be held at the library from 5-6 p.m. Children are welcome to wear costumes but it’s not required. Every child attending will be given a free book and candy.Activities include dancing, a craft, and a story.
Wednesday, Oct. 30-The Washington Township Fire Hall will have Trunk-or-Treat from 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31-The Bloodmobile will be at St. John’s Lutheran “Brick” Church from 1-6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1-CareerLink Mobile will be in front of the Montgomery Area Public Library from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2-Trick or treating, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3-The Oak Grove Community Center will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The menu includes French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, toast, fruit, and beverages.
Wednesday, Nov. 6-The library will have Toddler Tales from 11-noon for children ages 1-5. There will be a story, snack, and craft. Ppre-register at 547-6212 and plan to accompany your child.
Saturday, Nov. 9-The Adult Book Club will meet at the library at 2 p.m.
The Montgomery Emergency Management Agency is recruiting volunteers. To learn more please contact Dennis Gruver at 547-6777. To get updates about hazardous weather and emergency instructions be sure to follow the Montgomery Emergency Management Agency Facebook page.
Are you willing and able to volunteer with one of our local fire companies? There is a need for emergency responders and people who are willing to serve in behind-the-scenes support roles. Please call either the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company at 547-1380 or the Clinton Township Fire Department at 547-1000 to learn how you can help.
The Montgomery Lions Club is welcoming new members. To join, call Roger McRae at (570) 971-2825.