Event to be held at NYM Cultural Center

By Tucker Henderson


A silent auction will be held at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and bidding starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and raffle ticket winners will be announced after the auction closes at 8:15 p.m. 

The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library and all proceeds will go the New York Mills Public Library to sponsor community programs and events. Auction items are still needed and can be dropped off at the Library during business hours.

Raffle tickets are being sold in a few locations around town. People can pick them up at the library, Farmers and Merchants Bank, and Mills Country Market. They are also available from any Friends of the Library members and will be sold at the Cultural Center prior to the drawing at 8:15 p.m. 

Raffle prizes include two handmade quilts by Linda Menze, Sharon Imsande, and St. Peter’s Piecemakers, multiple bottles of homemade wine donated by Shelley Wessels and Denise Peltier, as well as gift cards to Designs by Tes and Farmer’s Daughter Rustic Bakery.

This event was formerly sponsored by the New Horizons Women’s Club. Due to dwindling participation over the past several years, the club has since disbanded. The group had been operating since 1971 when a few of the younger members of the former Candlelight Study Club had the idea that New York Mills could benefit from another active group in the community. The club was organized as N.O.W. Club (Neighborhood Organization of Women), which later changed its name in 1978 to New Horizons to avoid association with another group known by that acronym.

The Candlelight Study Club sponsored New Horizons and the newer club sponsored projects such as a new recycling center, purchasing playground equipment for Smith Park, raising money and volunteer hours for the library, baby-sitting clinics, development of Lund Park, and many more. One motto taken up by many members was “living each day, trying to accomplish something, not merely to exist.” 

Their years of community involvement can still be seen throughout New York Mills.