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Essex 1/9/10

For my readers in the far north reaches of Reber and the Southern climes of Brookfield, here is news of the Essex Town Board, which held its organization meeting Jan. 2. After we resolved the bottled water and coffee issue, which I unsuccessfully fought against (beings as I am a tea drinker) we moved on to making appointments. Simply put, "Laplume la change, la plume la meme chaise" or, in other words spelled more correctly, no major changes. And for those of you agonizing over change for the sake of change, whats so bad about that?

Attention followers of sword swallowworts, Epee and foil lovers. The Whallonsburg Grange is sponsoring a benefit for Sarah Looby and Charlotte Staats who have qualified for the National Fencing Junior Olympics being held in Memphis, Tenn., in February. Charlotte, age 14, has qualified for the cadet rank (ages 13-17) and Sarah has qualified for the cadet and Junior (17-20) class. Both girls are members of the Champlain Valley Fencing Club. Coach Paul Rossi's shirt buttons are popping (has nothing to do with overeating).

The Benefit is on Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. For cheapskates, the group is asking for $3 donations. The Concert will feature Blues and pop group Rutabaga and rock band Alkatraz. Both groups hail from Westport. If asked, fencers will spear thrown dollar bills in mid air as well as any flies still hovering. All funds will be used to meet the $1,500 of expenses. If you can't go, how about sending donations to either Charlotte or Sarah c/o Westport Central School? If you want to make a heavy donation, I'll drive over and sing some songs.

Attention, Kevin Cooper! Director "par excellence" Pretty Good Jim is considering doing Ben Hurt for his play next year. He expects to start negotiations with Essex Fairground people to hold the chariot race, will use broken scythe blades on chariot wheels, and will replicate the age old battle between three mice and 28 elephants. More later!

Have your heard the latest news from Iran? It seems that they have announced that they now can produce car bombs without Western explosives. Spokesperson El-Shazam noted "they will only be used for peaceful purposes." What comes next in this ever lasting battle of wits?

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