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I do believe that Mother Nature has finally allowed fall, as we know and remember it, to arrive! The weather of September and October has been truly amazing, but not normal unless with global warming this is what we must come to expect. I love the cool crispness of this season, so my hope is this is an anomaly. Dont forget "Taste of the North Country," which will be held at the Plattsburgh State Field House Thursday, Nov. 15. The event, sponsored by the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, is an annual event, much anticipated by many in the region. Various and varying restaurants provide samples of their foods; there is a silent auction from 5:30-7 p.m., which is fun and at 7 p.m. there is a full-fledged auction with many good goods auctioned off. The Peru Turkey Trust will be held Thanksgiving Day, as usual. The event, sponsored by the Peru Lions Club, will include a one-mile fun run and walk, a 5 and 10k race. The fun run will begin at 9 a.m. and the two longer races will begin shortly after. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Peru Intermediate School cafeteria. The cost is $15 for the 5 and 10K races and $5 for the one-mile fun run. For more information, call Larry Ewald at 643-8506 or Jim McCarty at 643-9775. This is a long-time North Country tradition. Dont forget the Stars on Ice Show at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid Saturday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. The premier star of this show will be Sasha Cohen. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by calling 523-3330. The Palmer Street Coffee House at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Palmer Street has announced their concert schedule. On Friday, Dec. 7, national artist Bill Morrissey will perform; Three Doug Knight will perform Jan. 4; and Bruce Lawson will perform Feb. 1 and Jen-Carter Kelly will be there. Doors open for all concerts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8. "The Nutcracker" will be performed Thanksgiving weekend for the 22nd time! Tickets are on sale now at 563-1604. Years ago, I took my grandchildren the girls loved it and my grandson, well, not so much! There is a lot happening in the north end of the city so far, a new cinema and negotiations for a new grocery store. It will be fun to watch as this project progresses. There is also talk of a new grocery store and apartments downtown. The City of Plattsburgh is a happening place, right at this point in time! On Sunday, Nov. 4, there will be a holiday bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel on Bowman and Marcy Lanes. There will be items for Chanukah, local artists' jewelry, photos, ceramics, baby quilts, books and more. On Thursday, Nov. 8, there will be a seminar at Northern Adirondack Central School titled "Speak Up, Save Lives-Teens, Depression and Suicide." The seminar runs from 6:45-8 p.m. Register by Monday, Nov. 5, by calling 564-3371. By now, Election Day is over; congratulations to all of the winners! Eight-thousand children and parents went through the Crete Center last Saturday for "Trick or Treat on Safety Street." What a neat experience that must have been and how wonderful for the children to have such a safe environment to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating! The Town of Plattsburgh is offering open family swimming at the CVPH Wellness Center at 295 New York Road at PARC from Nov. 2 through March 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be a charge of $1 per person per session. A family will pay a $4 maximum. There will be a lifeguard on duty. Bring your own towels and for more information call 562-6860. A good way to stay in shape through the long North Country winter. We have begun the process for our trek to our southern home. So far, we have piles of very important items we cannot live without; our opinions on those items vary by a great deal, and herein begins the semi-annual family disagreement! I always said that the only time we got really upset with each other was when we tried to set up a real Christmas tree. Since we no longer do that, the honors go to the semi-annual packing. Oh well, after 33 years, I expect well weather this yet another year! Stay warm, stay healthy and stay happy. Until next week, you do remember the drill, right?

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