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By Mark Jeffers

Why is picking the correct lane in traffic jam, so much like choosing the fastest checkout line in a crowded grocery store.  Not sure I have the answer, but will think about it after I finish this week’s “patience is a virtue” edition of “News & Notes.”

While the Jeffers gang does not decorate until after Thanksgiving, we do talk about Christmas all year long. With that in mind it is not too early to mention the Bedford Hills Christmas tree lighting at the Bedford Hills train station on Saturday, December 6th at 5:00pm.  There was a fabulous turnout last year with joyous carols from local choirs, delicious cookies from neighboring Mimi’s Bakery and hot cocoa for all.  It is a great chance to kick off the holiday season with old friends and new!

Three cheers and good luck goes out to Anthony Sinapi as he recently opened the new Sinapi’s Kettled Bagel Café in Mount Kisco, I personally like the onion bagels…

How about Monday at Muscoot Farm in Somers…take a Bird Walk on Monday, December 1st at 8:30am with Ann Swaim from Saw Mill River Audubon for a stroll through the back roads at the farm, don’t forget your binoculars.

Our friends and  Bedford neighbors Mike and Jenny Weisburger are home from their wild ride across the country.  Lafayette College graduates Mike and Jenny have spent the month of November driving an RV from California to Easton, PA to deliver the game ball for the 150th meeting of the Lehigh vs. Lafayette football game.  In honor of the most played college rivalry, the game will be played to a sell-out crowd at Yankee Stadium on November 22nd.  With many stops along the way to build the excitement the Weissys will have many tales to tell. In honor of my wife, daughter, father-in-law and others…Go Pards!

Celebrate the holiday season with Charles Dickens “Christmas Carol” at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, Saturday and Sundays this December.

This sound like a must see…on November 22nd at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, “Basetrack Live,” the latest offering from Anne Hamburger’s innovative theater company En Garde Arts; a gripping show that grew out of an ambitious and unique collaboration with corpsmen from 1st Battalion/8th Marines. It is based on the website and Facebook page One-Eight Basetrack.  Using live music, film and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan to punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews with military service personnel and their families, it confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of modern military experience head on.  It is a dynamic, all-encompassing experience; it will leave you changed.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center presents “My Life on a Diet,” starring Renee Taylor on November 21 and 22.

Here’s a great way to run/walk off that wonderful Thanksgiving dinner: join the 10th Annual Bedford Turkey Trot on Saturday November 29th. Look for me; I’ll be walking the hills with the family.

For the 30th consecutive year, 100.7 WHUD is proud to support the HOPE for Youth Foundation, Long Range Weather Calendar.  The sale of the twenty-nine (29) previous years' calendars raised well over $2,600,000 for charitable organizations involved with children.  This year is no different. You can purchase a 2015 calendar with beautiful Hudson Valley photographs by Janusz and Renata Hojdysz, Vince Ferraro and Howard Copeland and includes Jim Witt's long range weather forecasts for all of 2015, gives you a sneak peak at January 2016 and a page "Mother Nature's Coming Attractions," that highlights potential weather problems from the end of 2014 to dates in 2024.  Calendars are $8 when purchased at a participating store or location, and $12 when you purchase them on-line or by mail.

The Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge will showcase “Claudia Mengel: New Paintings and Works on Paper,” through December 29th.

Our area is certainly filled with skilled and hardworking nurses and doctors, I just wanted to give a shout out to all of them, keep up the great work…see you next week.








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