November 9, 2009

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


Thanks to Richard Major and Vince Manna, there’s another book to add to your “History of Pound Ridge” library shelf. “Images of America: Pound Ridge” will make its debut at a book talk and signing on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at Hiram Halle Library. Come hear the authors talk about how they transformed hundreds and hundreds of archival photos into a beautiful book that truly brings the history of our town to life. The narrative spans 300 years, from Revolutionary-era anecdotes to 20th century events. Chapters are broken down by “region” and range from Long Ridge to High Ridge Roads; Poundridge Village (a.k.a. the Hamlet); Boutonville; Barnegat, East Woods, Fancher and Trinity Pass; Trinity Lake, and Scotts Corners. Learning about where you live makes you love it even more. This new book by Major and Manna inspires a sense of place and history.

“Images of America: Pound Ridge” is a terrific gift for the holidays. Copies are $22 and are available at Pound Ridge Museum, Chubby’s Hardware,, Borders, and Barnes & Noble ( The Historical Society can also ship a signed copy for $27 per book if you call them at 764-4333.

If you’re a football fan, you’re all tuned in to Saturday afternoon college football, NFL Monday night football, high school Friday night “Under the Lights” … pass the popcorn, folks. We look at those big guys on the field, but Hannah Mele, a 6th grader at Fox Lane Middle School, gives us a whole different perspective.

“I was recruited to join the Bedford Pound Ridge Flag Football League by two Pound Ridge fathers who were my basketball coaches last year and I said YES!!! But if you think the boys go easy on me because I'm a girl, you are wrong. At first they didn't guard me because they underestimated me. Then I started to play better and now they treat me the same as everyone else on the field. They think that I'm the secret weapon.”

Hannah scored a recent game winning 70-yard touchdown and “… made a lot of ‘tackles,’ which is really just grabbing the flag. When I made my touchdown, I didn't think that I had the ball but then realized that I had it. I ran and ran to the end zone in the pouring rain, and spiked the ball. Everybody on my team ran down the field and gave me high fives.” Hannah plays both sides. “On offense, I like to block the boys and run for long passes and on defense I like to blitz the quarterback.” This young athlete has helped her team get into first place for their age group. So don’t mess, don’t mess, don’t mess with the B-E-S-T best.

Ann Johansmeyer will host the Pound Ridge Neighbors & Newcomers Club annual Fall Lunch next Friday, November 13 at 12:00 noon. The luncheon is free for all paid members and $15 for non-members. On the menu for next Friday is a homemade lunch of soup and salad, desserts and beverages. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the food pantry at the Katonah Community Center. For more information, call Ann at 914-205-3277.

PRNNC activities take place both during the day and evenings, weekdays and weekends. It’s a terrific group dedicated to building a stronger community by promoting social and civic welfare. Their broad membership base is made up of singles, couples, families, empty-nesters, and both new and longtime Pound Ridgers. Membership was up 50 percent last year. Join the club! For more information, call the doyennes of fun, Dawn Decker (president) at 764-5190 or Nikki McMann (vice president) at 763-5073.

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