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Willsboro 7/4/09

The last weekend in June in Willsboro has become a great reunion weekend time. Family and friends gather for our local school's graduating seniors. This year there were 26 students and many had special gatherings over the weekend. Congratulations to the whole class, and a special congratulation to the salutatorian, Kristen Hotaling, and the valedictorian Briana Reynolds. The new addition to the schools Wall of Distinction was James Mason, he was a great inspiration to many as he gave of himself over his lifetime.

The other gathering that calls many local and former Willsboro people back is the School Alumni Association reunion. This year some nearly 150 gathered at Crickets on Saturday evening. We were very much honored to have two former graduates serve as hosts. Master of ceremonies Wanda Reynolds McQueen and our speaker, David Leaning, both did a great job of keeping our program interesting. The 1959 class, (50's reunion class) had a large turn out and a busy weekend. They gathered for a private gathering at the Sportsman's Diner prior to Graduation, and then were the special guest of this year's graduates. It was great to see many people that we are separated from for the better part of any given year.

It is great to see that the Farmer's Market is growing each week with new venders. It was sad to hear that there may not be any more "Saywards'" fresh corn for sale this year. I have good reports that Drew Reithel's country wagon is a great and popular place for a special Thursday Lunch at the Farmer's Market location.

There was an outstanding piano concert at the Essex Community Church this past Friday evening. Dan Linder performed, and his fingers and whole body just work together to produce beautiful music. Dan will be a Junior at Nothwestern University where he is studying in pursuit of a Bachelor of Music in piano. There are many more great performances being offered throughout the summer season.

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