The Essex Town Board will now meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 p.m. The plan is to meet at the town hall for the first meeting of the month and at the Whallonsburg Grange for the second meeting of the month.

Last week's column moved one reader to notify me that summer pruning doesn't inhibit tree and shrub growth, but is used to maintain or reduce size. This same sharp-eyed reader pointed out that red-wing blackbirds do have a song, it's just not one I like. She went on to say that bluebirds sound somewhat like robins, but not "much like" robins. I would have to agree on all these points, and if you have any of your own to make, please send them in.

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