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Essex 5/29

Lakeside Preschool, located at Black Kettle Farm, will be having a spring barn dance and silent auction June 5. The auction and a chili dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., with the dancing commencing at 7 p.m. To be auctioned, among other items, are yoga lessons, a skateboard and tickets to the Depot Theater. Vermont fiddler Pete Sutherland will be featured on the bandstand. Black Kettle Farm is located at the intersection of Leaning Road and Cook Road, high above sleepy Whallonsburg.

On June 1, the traveling Van Hovens will present a program at the Belden Library on the national parks of the southwest United States. This starts at 7:30 and refreshments will be served.

If you don't have health insurance, you may qualify for free colorectal, cervical and breast cancer screening. Call 962-8101 for more information. As someone who's had cancer, I can say it's best controlled when found early.

The long-awaited sewer project in the hamlet is getting underway. The funding is all in place, the lawyers are contented and last Thursday the board room at the town hall was crowded with contractors, government officials and engineers for a pre-construction conference. The contractors have been given their notices to proceed but you won't see much activity for a few weeks yet. I'll keep you posted as this project unfolds.

In other good news, the Department of Health has approved plans for the new septic system at the Whallonsburg Grange. There will be a 2000 gallon tank, leach field and 750 gallon grease trap for the future kitchen.

Now that the weather seems to be settling down, it's time to plant corn and beans. I used to grow bush beans, but found that pole beans have a much better flavor, take up less room, and are a lot easier to pick. I use tepee-like structures, but pole beans will also grow happily on fences or trellises. Some have brilliant red flowers and are quite decorative, but I like a variety called Fortex, which may not be flashy but produces delicious beans all season long.

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