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Willsboro 10/9

The rain came down and the Boquet River went up. No word of any flooding; it is always something we watch very closely. The fall harvest seems to indicate many had a great season. In a conversation with Sandi Craig about their grape harvest, she said it was one of the best years so far. We now have about four or five fairly good size vineyards here in Willsboro. The apple growers have also stated this has been a good harvest year for them. The Pytlak family has an apple orchard on the land behind the drug store; still young, but has a promising future. Halloween will soon take up the farmer's supply of pumpkins.

Glad to report the Smith Health Care Center continues to improve their service. Hopefully you have noticed the newly installed solar unit to help them cut down on their operating cost. I also learned another way they are working to cut their expenses is to join with the Elizabeth Town Hospital to take over the billing process in place of having to contract it out to a private firm. Cost cutting is what business needs to do these days and glad that this board is doing all they can to cut their cost and still provide good service.

Columbus Day marks the end of the Visitors Center being manned by volunteers as well as the Willsboro Heritage Museum. Both will close for the season that Monday. We are most grateful for all the loyal volunteers who have made it possible to have our centers open for the season.

The Willsboro Catholic Church had a large gathering this past Saturday. The Catholic Daughters Past Regents Chapter of the Ogdensburg Diocese of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas; celebrated a special mass for the deceased members of the 13 courts around the state. Bishop Terry LaValley and Rev. Joseph Elliott officiated at the special mass. They had several high ranking state officers in attendance and the event was well attended.

Happy Birthday Peter Gload 10/9, Melissa Huff 10/11, Bill James 10/14, Angel MacDougal 10/14, Ben Wever 10/16.

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