It has been brought to my attention that there is a movement underfoot to automatically raise property assessments by at least 15 percent. If this situation is accurate there should be a lot of noise, posturing and raised voices, followed by little action. I understand that a neighboring town is talking about the need for revamping its zoning laws, review its town ordinances and develop a new comprehensive plan. They ought to visit Essex, where we have just finished this activity. Cory Gillilland and Don Hollingsworth are both recuperating from shoulder surgery. Nows the time to pick a fight with either of them. My California correspondent Don Mauran tells me that he is planning to send me exciting news about Essex expatriates soon as any of them do anything exciting. The McGill Middle East Peace Project which is coming to Essex Feb. 8-10 will close out its public visit with a Pot Luck Desert social at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Visit with these young people to share experiences and pot luck desserts. Area musicians are encouraged to come and participate. Yall come and bring a desert big enough to feed me. Contact John Bingham at 963-8966, or at email@example.com. Alice Hurlburt, one of Whallonsburgs Grand Ladies passed away suddenly Monday. Those of us who knew Alice and her indomitable spirit will miss her and her ability to cut through excess verbiage and get through to the facts. We also have heard that Norma Thomas, a former Town Clerk and resident of the Burg, has also left us. Theyll go with God both of them.