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I have just gotten word from Linda O'Leary that she has scheduled the next trip for Northshire Seniors - it's a Fall Foliage train ride! It takes place Friday, Oct. 6, leaving from St. Paul's Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m.

The group will travel to Saratoga, where they will board the train for North Creek, N.Y. They'll stop for a "Dutch treat" lunch in the Glens Falls/Lake George area, returning to Manchester around 3:30 p.m. The cost is $28. Reserve a seat by calling Linda at 802-779-1314. She will give you instructions as to where to send your check, made payable to Northshire Seniors (Receipt of your check is the only way a seat will be held for you).

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Isn't it great to read that First Wednesday programs will resume in October?

Good news, also, that the bus service to Albany Amtrak, the Greyhound Bus Station, and the Albany Airport apparently is up and running (from Manchester!) Scheduled departures from Manchester, according to the report in last week's Journal, are: 5:55 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. with the return trips beginning at the Albany Airport at 9:35 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. It seems that this service is focused on visitors who may be wanting to come to Manchester from New York City, but certainly could be a benefit to those of us who live here and want to travel to NYC or to get to the airport for travel beyond. Service is being provided by Premier Coach.

Getting additional information (ticket prices, Premier phone number, etc.) has been a bit of a challenge, but I'm working on it and will try to bring whatever I can find to you via this column next week.

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Having been immersed in the 24/7 news coverage of Hurricane Irma, I am reminded again of how important a cell phone might be to any of us should we find ourselves in a "disaster" situation, particularly if the landline phone lines are down. It could even be sometime this winter when you are "snowed in" and need some help but can't use your landline phone to reach out for someone to come to you.

Some inexpensive options continue to be Consumer Cellular (phone them at: 800-345-5510) or TracFone, available at Wal-Mart. If you are going to use this primarily as an emergency phone, you would want the least expensive plan possible and a new phone number for this phone/plan. Then, just make sure you keep it close at hand and fully charged. If you need help with this, you can leave a message for me at the Journal office, and I will get back to you.

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Next week: information about a unique service in the Northshire - Neighbor-to-Neighbor.

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