Essex 6/26

Here's more information on events in Essex for Saturday, July 3. There will be a pair of Firecracker Fun Runs in the morning, one for adults and one for kids. The adults will do five kilometers, departing from the intersection of Route 22 and Blockhouse Road at 8:30 a.m. Call Frank Hain at 963-7455 for more information. The kids' run will start at 9:15 a.m. from in front of the ice cream shop. Colleen Van Hoven, at 963-4084, can give you more details. Each participant in the kids' run will get a certificate.

At 10 a.m., you are invited to join in singing patriotic songs at St. John's Episcopal Church. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. will be the previously mentioned homemade boat race. The final town event of the day is a spelling bee at 3 p.m. at the town hall. Don't forget, fireworks will be at dusk Friday, July 2.

There's going to be a blood drive at the Essex Fire Station this Monday, June 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.

A lot of people around town are commenting on how nice the community looks. The lawn at the Octagonal School in Boquet is always neat and well-trimmed, which certainly enhances the appearance of this fine old building. I especially appreciate the job the highway crew did on mowing the road sides. Plain old Jersey Street is now like a parkway, and with the windows down you can enjoy the heavenly aromas of clover and birdsfoot trefoil in flower. Trefoil is an alfalfa-like legume with small bright yellow flowers that grows very well on the edges of roads. It was originally used as a forage crop, and Essex and Westport were centers of its seed production.

I have another exotic pest to report, this one being the leek moth. It attacks all manner of aliums, including onions, garlic and chives, by first going after the leaves and then chewing through the bulb. It was first found in the U.S. last year in a backyard garden on Broad Street in Plattsburgh. Amy plans to set out a trap in my garlic patch to see if it's reached Essex County yet.

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