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Essex 5/15

Essex Initiatives, the fine folks who bring you Downtown Essex Day, the July 4 Fun Run, the Mettawee River Players, and the always popular Breakfast with Santa, are looking for new members. If interested, please attend a meeting at St. John's Church on May 19 at 5 p.m. For more information, call Katherine Preston at 963-8966.

For you film buffs, "The Young Victoria" will be shown on May 22 at the Whallonsburg Grange at 8 p.m. This picture was nominated for three Academy Awards and tells of the romance of Victoria and the short-lived Prince Albert (yes, he of the tobacco can).

Michael Monoski, son of Bonnie and Ed Monoski of Albee Road, Essex, graduated with honors last week from Northeastern University. He is now working for GE.

A large number of summer residents are back in town, just in time to catch what should be the last snow storm of the season. Among others, Wayne and Donna Bailey and Doffy Vorhees were spotted by my sources.

Ginny and I made our usual Sunday afternoon run into the village to snoop around and found an August-style traffic jam by the ferry dock. The boat was packed, but the crew squeezed in one last car sideways on the stern. A second ferry is getting new engines and will be running soon.

Paintings are hanging in the old firehouse gallery of the Adirondack Art Association, in preparation for the first show of the year. The association, which has a very nice web site, will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a reception and fund raiser on May 21, starting at 6 p.m. This show features works by some of the longest-standing member artists.

In my vegetable garden, the translucent fabric tents over the beds are a great success. We're getting wonderful spinach and lettuce earlier than ever because the tents act like small greenhouses, keeping plants warm during these blustery days.

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