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Essex 5/8

This Saturday night, the award winning film "Crazy Heart" will be shown at the Whallonsburg Grange. It stars the inimitable Jeff Bridges and starts at 8:00.

The Belden Noble Library is now on summer hours and will be open every afternoon of the week except Sunday. On Mondays the hours will be from 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Last Saturday morning, my dog Ginny and I joined a trail-clearing work party on the Champlain Area Trail System. We worked on a new trail that goes from the bottom of Crooked S Hill to existing trails on South Boquet Mountain. Ginny and her retriever friend, Abby, kept us company while we sawed intervening branches, lopped off saplings and rolled dead falls out of the way. Although this is a relatively modest mountain in height, the views of the valley and lake are spectacular. The trail system will link the Champlain Valley with the High Peaks and Jay Range, and also run north and south from Keeseville to Crown Point and beyond. This is an ambitious undertaking that will provide excellent recreation for locals and, it is hoped, lots of out of town hikers.

My census job is starting to get a bit crazy, but it's fascinating. I run a crew of enumerators who are going door to door, looking for people who haven't responded yet. One of my employees, a retired cop, works a sideline job for an international company as an escort for vehicles transporting diamonds and large amounts of money. In this area, most year round residents have sent in their forms. The census includes vacation homes and camps as housing units, which skews the response rate, since they're usually vacant on Census Day, April 1.

I heard through the grapevine that more items about Essex people would be appreciated in this column. By all means, let me know your news. I've noticed that many people enjoy reading about others but would rather remain anonymous themselves

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