Westport 5/30/09

Well, the school budget passed, despite the rumblings of discontent, which seemed to be louder than usual this year. No wonder, given the terrible state of all things economic. But whatever our feelings-and mine are basically that I need to learn a lot more about how these things work-we can all agree that it's always good to have a civil public discussion on such issues. So I congratulate everyone on doing such a fine job of that this year.

Congratulations also to Sue Russell, who won election to David Goldwasser's seat on the school board. It's a thankless job, as far as I can see, but an absolutely essential one to the health of our community. So I'll take the opportunity here to thank David for his service, and to thank Sue for stepping up, and avoid any clever repartee about the seat going from one veterinarian to another.

This got left out of last week's column, but Ted Cornell's new show "Inside the Landscape" opened at the Adirondack Center History Museum in E'town on May 23 and runs through October. It combines his finely observed landscape paintings with some of the dynamic sculptures from the grounds of his famous art farm, Crooked Brook Studios, up on Sayre Road.

Ted's sculptures take found objects, bits of old farm equipment, mostly, and bring them to life all over again in startling and often funny new ways. I can't wait to see go see them in their summer setting, enriching the museum's historical exhibitions with their lively presence.

Ted has also been the organizing genius behind the Wednesdays in Wadhams lectures, which will have the last installment of its spring series on June 3, when poet Chase Twichell will read from her work at the Wadhams Free Library at 7:30 p.m. A resident of Keene Valley, she's won numerous awards for her poetry and is the founder of the Ausable Press. The evening is free to the public and your questions will be welcome.

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