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Essex 1/30

To gather information that may be of interest to local residents, my dog and I took a trip to the hamlet of Essex to see what's going on. The dog, by the way, is a very well behaved and attractive mutt named Ginny. We stopped first at the town hall to see the new supervisor, Sharon Boisen. On our way in, I introduced Ginny to Town Clerk Audrey Hoskins, who gave Ginny lots of affection and two dog biscuits. We also said hello to Lois Sayward, who's moved across the hall and is delighted with her new office. Some of the town highway crew was there, moving desks and safes; a large reorganization is under way.

Mrs. Boisen received us in her newly painted office amidst the hubbub and Ginny promptly laid down for a nap. I know Sharon from the Adirondack Art Association and my dog and her two Samoyeds are good friends. We talked about some of her plans for the town hall; it will need painting this summer and Sharon is looking for volunteers, especially those who are not opposed to ladders. She's also planning to install wireless internet service, not only for the town's computers, but also to allow the public, at least those within 200 feet, to get on the internet through the magic of wi-fi. You can also get wi-fi at the libraries in Essex, Willsboro and Wadhams.

Sharon's next appointment was coming in, so Ginny and I crossed the street to check out the old store, where it looks like a big carpentry project is in the works. No one was around but I hope the store will be open this summer. Our last stop in town was the Senior Center, where we met the very friendly director, Dennis Everleth. There are no big trips planned, but he will occasionally take a group to Elizabethtown to shop. He's grateful to the town for its support and would like to see more people take advantage of the center. Dennis and his assistant had to get lunch started, so we took our leave and returned to Reber for our own lunch and a nap.

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