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Yorktown Neighbors Notes by Janesez

Twenty two members of St. Patrick's Church- Yorktown Heights, along with a million and a half youth from around the world, joined Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, followed by a pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal. It was a fabulous experience both spiritually and culturally, as these young people from around the globe interacted and joined with each other to show their commitment to their Catholic Faith.

Besides the religious instruction, tours of churches, and seeing the Pope , the Pilgrims. Cynthia and Rosemarie Schmidt ; Gretchen, Michael, Hannah, Emily and Josh Anderson ; Joanne Niece (Youth Minister) ; Margaret Mazzela (Assistant Youth Minister) and Joanna and Marissa Mazella ; Claire and Helen Johnson ; Regina Diffley ; CJ (Ciro) Aprea ; Jackie Kaishian

David Mancini ; Tony (Anthony) Marcella- who just entered the seminary after graduating high school this year; Robbie Meade ; Emily Monigan ; Alinda Sigillo and Rev. Daniel Tuite (Father Dan) also made time for some sightseeing (In Madrid-The Prado Museum, famous landmarks, the Royal Palace, etc) (In Portugal- a beach day in Nazare on the coast of Portugal) and some delicious food- including bachalou- a traditional Portuguese dish .

The Mongno family: Bobby, Bonnie, Emalee and Sara had a once in a lifetime vacation in Rome, and then took a cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox and visited Santorini, Athens, Mikonos Greece, Istanbul and  Ephesus Turkey, Salerno Italy and the Almafi Coast. Some of their favorite moments were in Santorini, Greece because it was breathtakingly beautiful and they had to walk down this crazy trail along trail with the donkeys to get back to the ship and they tried to run you off the trail.  The Mognos loved every single sunrise and sunset, especially as the sun set over the mosques of Istanbul. The sights and sounds of Istanbul were like nothing they had experienced before. The call to afternoon prayer could be heard throughout the city . Most of all, Bonnie Mongno said “I loved seeing my beautiful family relaxed and happy and experiencing all of these amazing places for the first time together and realizing that none of us will ever forget a single minute of this trip”. Back in Yorktown, after many days of rain, the sun peeked its way out to make way for the Yorktown Grange Fair .  It takes many neighbors to pull off this event from pig racing to tractor pulls to bake offs, photo competitions, needlework, garden and animal exhibits. Anne Anderson; Nancy Butterfield, Josh Davies, Linda Doerr, Ada Ereno, the Fervan family, Frank Fonte, Carolyn Gallagher, Rosemary Gallagher, Dora Morabito, Joan Perugini, the Scheller family , Joan & Jim Seaboldt, Penny & Lew Sparks and the Wulkan Family devote many volunteer hours to make this event a memorable one each September. Linda Bourgeois won first place by quilting a family tree – so appropriate because the Grange is all about families!

This year, the Grange was memorable for my family because we almost adopted a puppy from  Recycled Paws Rescue. If you are interested, go to .  There were adorable puppies and even bunnies were available for adoption. I posted that I was lonely at the Grange fair  and may adopt  a puppy and within an hour had over 100 suggestions, comments and yays and nays from family and friends.  (Who says Facbook isn’t fun?)  Back to the Grange, Lisa-Marie Buirdsall is a great saleswoman.  She saw the yearning in my son Doug’s eyes and went in for the kill by telling us all about foster care for dogs and how great it is to help dogs without homes have a place to go and families to see if getting a dog is right for them!    This year, when you drive around town, you will be able to tell who has been to the Grange Fair by the mud on Yorktown neighbor’s tires and the puppies in their windows!

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