Mt. Morris Monument
Means Many Memories
may be spring, but this month's Town Council meeting spent a long
time talking about skiing.
Last month, three young residents of Wiggins spoke to the Council
about setting aside money for a monument to commemorate the old
Mt. Morris ski resort.
hearing was scheduled for this month's meeting.
Town Council agreed to put a vote on next month's agenda to provide
funding for a commemorative monument on the eastern slope of Mt.
Morris. Saturday's hearing brought up memories for council members.
Council Chair Janet McGee remembers, "We used to go there
all the time when I was a kid. Our whole family had fun riding
up the lifts and then skiing down the slopes. Our community really
lost a great asset when Eastmans' resort closed."
Jack Stranton, Park Ranger at Mt. Morris spoke next. "I've
only lived here in Wiggins for a few years. When the Pony Pals
asked me what those old structures were on the east side of Mt.
Morris, I wasn't sure. If the Council decides to fund a monument,
I've persuaded the State to fund a new trail so people can get
Pals' Proposed Mt. Morris Ski Resort Commemorative Monument
were several residents who spoke out against funding the monument.
Ron Crew, Wiggins resident and owner of RC horse auctions spoke up,
"This is not something we should spend money on. There's plenty
of us who don't even go to the park on Mt. Morris. My tax dollars
should go to repaving roads, not some silly sign!"
Another view came from Victoria Winters, a local equestrienne.
"Those wheels are unsightly and should be removed. Parks are
not supposed to have pieces of old metal in them, even if the land
was donated by someone who ran a broke-down ski resort," Winters
continued. " I think the Park should remove the remnants of that
lift before someone gets hurt!"
Mrs. Lydia Simpson Eastman, who donated the property to Mt. Morris
park, was the last to speak. Confined to a wheelchair, she carpooled
to the event with the Crandal family. Pam Crandal, who spoke to the
Council in early April, wheeled Mrs. Eastman up to the microphone.
"When my family came here over a hundred years ago, they lived
in town and bought the eastern slope of Mt. Morris. They cut the big
trees and that lumber built many of the houses that still stand here
in town," Mrs. Eastman said. "I grew up playing in that
forest. I got to know all those trees that land. It’s a pretty
place and I think it's sad no one remembers our little ski resort
to Jeanne Betancourt
Hi. This is Sarah, Taylor, and Meagan. We’re big fans of Pony
Pal books, and we have a whole game of Pony Pals at school. It’s
really fun, and we play it every day at Recess!!!
But, there’s not just three Pony Pals, there’s four.
… The other Pony Pal is Kate, another friend. Sadly, we have
a problem with her. What should we do?
played with her since 3rd grade, (now we’re in 4th) and been
best friends. But, four days ago, Kate met a couple other pals,
and started playing with them. We let her play with her friends
the first two days, but then Kate couldn’t get off her other
friends. We’ve tried everything, from asking her to play,
to trying to schedule a date to play Pony Pals, but she’s
said NO!!! She’s not understanding and we don’t know
what to do.
you help us? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send back and let us know!
Taylor (Kim, from “The Blind Pony”)
& Meagan (Pam)
Kate is Anna.
We picked you to talk to because you made the Pony Pal books and
you must of went through something like the problems you have in
the Pony Pal books…sometime in your life.
Dear Sarah, Taylor
(Your) letter … presents a tricky problem. …
My first response is that friends explore new relationships but never
forget the old.
So let Kate do what she wants and everyone should remain friendly
and not let the situation morph into unkindness.
Your Pony Pal,
Dear Pony Pals Sarah, Taylor and Meagan,
First, a big thank you to Jeanne Betancourt who was kind enough to
take time to write back!
For my 2 cents, being a Pony Pal is all about figuring out solutions
and also being kind to others.
Maybe you could invite Kate's new friends to play Pony Pals with you
too. It could be Kate doesn't want them to feel left out if she goes
back to play with you.
Thanks for writing,
Hi this is Charity L. Is Wiggins a for real place? If so what is
Thanks, pony pal Charity
When I close my
eyes and think really hard, I can remember watching elephants drinking
from a pond at dusk in Africa. I remember watching white polar bears
in Alaska when I was very small. I know I remember the pony I rode
in England. All of those things seem very real to me when I close
my eyes and think about them.
Wiggins is just as
real as those memories. I know living here is the most fun thing I've
ever done. I want to ride Snow White with my Pony Pals, to go on adventures
in the woods around Wiggins and visit with new friends like you from
Club Pony Pals online.
To answer your question,
I want you to think about two things. First, think about the last
time your family got together for a special meal. Maybe a birthday,
or a holiday, it doesn't matter which one. Think about sitting around
the dining table, eating and talking and laughing. (I'm thinking about
eating lunch with my Dad the last time he was here, before he went
back to Africa last summer. It was so fun.)
Then think about
"No Ponies in the House." Remember when we snuck Snow White
into Grandma's kitchen to find Alfie? It makes me laugh just to think
If we both remember
eating dinner with our families and fun we've had then, and we both
remember Snow White's midnight trip into my Grandma's kitchen, then
knowing exactly where Wiggins is isn't important.
What is important
is being nice to your friends, and that we all love ponies.
P. S. I really liked your drawing. You and Anna are both good artists.