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August 23, 2012

Helping hands give flood victims a home

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And two employees from Ward Lumber in Jay volunteered their services.

Straight secured a refrigerator, washer, dryer, stove, a couch and a chair from donors, including the AuSable Forks Knights of Columbus.

PONY DROWNED

The generosity overlays memories of the flooding.

Linda knew the river would flood, but her first instinct was to stay in her house because that’s what she had always done in the past.

She and Bob had seen about 20 floods since the 1970s, when they moved into their home on the corner of Route 9 and Trumbull Road in Upper Jay.

Denton, who was then a member of the Upper Jay Fire Department, was going door to door in the midst of the storm with a colleague, advising residents to evacuate immediately.

“They said, ‘You’ve got to get out,’” Linda said.

She and Bob rushed next door and carried Linda’s 100-year-old Aunt Gladys Monaco — Arto’s widow — to safety.

As the flood intensified, Bob and Linda rescued their three dogs from the rising waters.

But they weren’t able to get to their pony in time.

“He got killed — drowned,” Linda said. “One guy tried to save him, and he almost got killed, too.”

The man “was pretty upset, and people were crying because it was our last pony” living from the days when the Land of Make Believe was open.

CAR SHOW SATURDAY

Saturday, the Adirondack Stepsides Car Club will hold its third-annual Adirondack Show and Shine Car Show, donating 75 percent of the proceeds to individual flood victims who need help getting back on their feet.

The remaining 25 percent will go to local organizations that were affected by Irene, such as Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay.

Straight said he knows of about 19 people who lived near the Dentons in Upper Jay who are in need of help, as well.

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