Essex 1/16

On the new Town Board, Clair and Mark are "newcomers with prestige" because, while their families hail back to the "local" period, they don't come from "around here." Clair comes from Willsboro and Mark from Westport. As for me, I am a "newcomer" with a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of prestige (that's the amount that fills a humming bird's belly button) because I married a "native." Steve is the only "native" on the Town Board. In some minds, because Steve doesn't live in the Essex Hamlet, his ranking is suspect.

Next week the "Bordeaux Classification" for social rank will be discussed at the DNC and reported in this column.

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