Essex 10/9

Winter hours are now in effect at the Belden Noble Library. On Tuesdays, it's open from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Saturday, Oct. 9, there will be a book sale, with a bag full of books going for only $3.

The fall beautification luncheon will be on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. John's Church. The menu features homemade soups and desserts.

2011 Essex calendars are now available either at the town hall or the Willsboro pharmacy.

The Whallonsburg Grange will have a movie Saturday night called The Ghost Writer, starting at 8 p.m. This is a critically acclaimed thriller starring the excellent actor Ewan McGregor; it's rated PG-13.

On Monday, Oct. 11, there will be a special party at the Grange for one of Essex's newest authors, Kristin Kimball, who be reading from her book about life on Essex Farm. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a musical interlude featuring Jay Fiegl and then the readings.

I stopped at Full and By Farm on Leaning Road the other day, and was given an informal tour by farmer James Graves. This place operates as a CSA and has a small herd of Tamworth hogs, which James uses to clear rough ground. The pigs are enclosed by an electric fence, given water and shelter, and left to do what comes naturally to them. They deracinate, dig, eat and trample the vegetation, and quickly convert the plot into a plowable piece of cropland. James then moves the fence and starts them on another reclamation project. This process will soon end for the year as the pigs fulfill their final mission, becoming pork.

My dog Ginny is feeling a bit blue now that her friend Champy has returned to his winter home in suburban Ohio. He's a miniature imp who loved to goad Ginny into chasing him around our hay fields. She's fast, but Champy, on his short legs, could stop and turn very quickly, causing Ginny to often run right past him. We hope he comes back for a winter visit.

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