August 2011

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We just got word that our new library director, Kate Pohjola will be serving as a celebrity chef in the Dave Thomas Celebrity Cookoff benefitting Spaulding for Children, a private non-profit foster care and adoption agency.  Join her and watch her cook  There is more online here:  There’s a fact sheet here, too:

Love Trains?

One of our kind residents has just donated dozens of train videos to us and we’re sure that these are something somebody else would desperately love to have.  We just don’t know exactly who that is?  Do you love trains or know somebody who does?  Can you help us find somebody who’d be willing to buy these tapes at an extremely reasonable price?  Do let us know at ferndalefriends[dot]org(at)mail{dot}com.  Here’s a list of just the tapes in Box 1 (there are many boxes):

Producer Title
Bly Rail Railside in Florida
Bly Rail Maine Rails
Trains on Location Canada’s Canyon Conquest
Hot Rails The Great North American Rial Safari
Neff Video Ontario Rail Volume 1
Keith Trains #60 Tennessee Valley Railroad
Keith Trains #84 CN Algoma Central
Pentrex Mexico Volumes 1, 2, 3
Pentrex Winchester and Western a Big Little Shortline
Pentrex The Copper Canyon Chihuahua Pacifico
Pentrex Maine
Pentrex Amtrak Auto Train
Pentrex Hot Rails through the Twin Cities
Pentrex Today’s Shortline and Regular Volume 1
Pentrex Those Incredible ALCOS Volumes 1, 2, 3
Pentrex British Columbia Railway
Pentrex British Columbia Rail Cab Ride from Sea to Sky
Pentrex California Baldwin Diesels
Pentrex Union Pacific Challenger
Pentrex Conrail Hot Spots West
Pentrex B and O Odyssey Volume 2
Pentrex McCloud River Railroad the Early Baldwin Diesels
Pentrex SP’s Geeps and Cadillac’s Vintage Workhorses
Pentrex Eastern Quebec’s Ore Line Volumes 1 and 2
Pentrex Arizona Shortline
Pentrex U-Boat
Pentrex LTV Mining Railroad
Pentrex The Joint Line
Pentrex The NASA Line
Pentrex KCS Across the Meridian Subdivision
Pentrex Missouri Kansas Texas



The Friends of the Ferndale Library demonstrated on Saturday, August 13,  that a love for books, music, arts and culture is not inconsistent with a love of teamwork and sports-related injuries.  Not that we won.  In fact we lost the first three games and tied the last one (we were actually behind after three innings but the Ferndale Community Foundation allowed us to redeem ourselves in a two-run fourth inning that put us ahead).  But we had fun and received all sorts of minor scratches and scrapes that we could use to impress our friends and neighbors with our physical intrepidity.  And we raised over a hundred dollars for the Friends of the Library.

Thanks to our players–Kelly and Jeff Farrah, Tim and William McElgunn, Matt Nowaczok, Jim O’Donnell, Kyle Pollett, Joanne Scharich, Kat Diehl, and Melissa Wilson–to our cheering section consisting–sons and daughters of the Deegan-Krause, Farrah, McElgunn, O’Donnell, and Wilson families–and thanks to Joann Wilcock for organizing the whole thing.  We look forward to playing again next year.

For those with interest, there are a few online traces of this event:

Yes, the oddly textured from grade school is back.  And far from the triumphs and humiliations of the playground, it now offers a chance to benefit some of the best causes in Ferndale.  We are looking to put together a winning team from among the Friends of the Library.   This means not only Friends members but also their family, friends, kickball-skilled acquaintances, and hopefully a few ringers who played in this year’s “World Kickball Championship.”

The procedure is simple:  We gather at Martin Road Park at 10am on Saturday August 13 and play a few games for a few hours.  Cost is $20 per person, but you get a t-shirt and all the rest of the money goes to the charitable groups we care about (Ferncare, Friends of the Library, the Ferndale Community Foundation, Ferndale Youth Assistance).

If you would like to play (and I hope you do), let me know as soon as possible, and let me know your t-shirt size so we can order the right amounts in advance.  It would be best, therefore, to know by Sunday the 7th.

If you want more information, let us know at or take a look here: kickball flyer 2011.  Feel free also to forward it to anybody who would be interested.  We look forward to playing games with you!