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Essex 5/22

Anna Finucane, daughter of Kalora and Bill Finucane of Jersey Street, is working at the ReNew shop. She's a member of the National Honor Society at Westport Central School and her work at ReNew is in fulfillment of a community service obligation for the National Honor Society. Anna is helping to reorganize the shop, giving it an up to date and inviting appearance.

Grievance Day will be Thursday, May 27. Contact your town assessor to get the correct form and instructions if you wish to appeal your property assessment. Bear in mind that the assessment is assumed to be correct and the burden of proving the assessment is wrong is on you. Your town office can give you the time and location of the hearings.

My neighbor, James Barrett, has demolished a fallen-in barn and done some clean-up on his property, and the place looks great. James keeps making improvements to this elegant old farmstead which long ago was operated by Charlie Sherman. Charlie was also proud of his place and even as a very old man would mow his lawn sitting on an apple crate. He'd mow a patch, then move his crate and mow some more.

Speaking of lawn mowing, Amy would like to remind you to keep your blades sharp. The cut grass has a neater appearance and the job gets done faster. Those truly devoted to their lawns will also want to check the tire pressure on their riding mowers, to insure a nice, even cut.

The annual Master Gardener plant swap will be held at the Cooperative Extension office by the fairgrounds in Westport this Saturday morning, the 22. Check-in is from 10 to 11 a.m. Avid gardeners can exchange perennial divisions as well as vegetable and herb seedlings, and get advice from master gardeners. No ditch lilies, please. For more information, call 962-4810.

Remember this Friday evening there will be a gala opening at the Firehouse Gallery in Essex. Come to see some wonderful art and meet the new gallery director. On Saturday night the film "The Young Victoria" will be shown at the Whallonsburg Grange at 8.

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