June 21, 2014

Family Fare: June 21, 2014

Spelling Bee at Coopersville schoolhouse Sunday

COOPERSVILLE — Children ages 5 through 10 are invited to take part in the old-fashioned Spelling Bee set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, during the Champlain School District No. 9 Schoolhouse Open House on Bechard Road in the Champlain hamlet of Coopersville.

Small prizes will be awarded.

The one-room school had stood on Mason Road for many years but, some time after it closed in 1931, was sold, moved and turned into a camp. Moved close to home again recently by former student Eddie Bechard and his wife, Beverly, it is under renovation as the Coopersville Schoolhouse of History.

It is set up inside as a one-room school of the 1930s, with some original desks, ink bottles and other items.

At the Open House, Bechard and former student Ken Lord will reminisce with visitors. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free but donations accepted.

And sticks will be sold for $1 for the Great Pooh Sticks Race fundraiser for the schoolhouse. In late summer, the numbered sticks will be tossed off one side of the Route 9B bridge over the Great Chazy River. The first one to travel to the other side will win $100.

Learn more by calling 570-2052 or email

Champlain Centre to host Kids Night Out

PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Centre is hosting Kids Night Out from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.

The free event, happening in Center Court, is open to all.

There will be crafts, coloring sheets, hopscotch, limbo, an area for sidewalk chalk drawings and more. Kidstructive Fun will have a station set up for kids wishing to get characters painted on their faces. Target has also donated bags of popcorn that will be sold for $1 with all proceeds being donated to Make-A-Wish. Parents are encouraged to remain with their children to assists with crafts or to just join the fun.

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