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It's the most wonderful time of the year ...

It's the most wonderful time of the year ...

I broke out a pair of SmartWool socks this morning, pulled on a flannel shirt and could see my breath as I strolled to check the mailbox.

God, I love fall.

I feel sorry for folks who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line. They may get to golf year-round, but I'll take the changing colors, the feel of a woodstove on a crisp autumn day and the deer season opener over that any day.

Speaking of deer season, early archery begins Monday with last year's tag. Monday is also my son, Harrison's 10th birthday - and, as he keeps reminding me, "I'll be old enough to hunt when I'm 10."

Unfortunately, the law says otherwise, even though Harrison would probably be a more competent hunter at 10 than many adults I know.

Either way, I hope to immerse him as much as possible this year. Introducing a kid to the outdoors at a young age is hugely important - it is such a healthy alternative to the computer/video/television world with which they are inundated.

Plus it might just give him an incentive not to move south following graduation.

Keeping track

On another note, the Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership is hosting a really cool event the evening of Oct. 6 in Floral Hall at the Essex County Fairgrounds.

The event - known as "Keeping Track Wildlife" - will feature Susan Morse, a nationally-recognized naturalist and habitat specialist who will offer a hands-on display of wild animal pelts, skulls, feet, track molds and other material along with a slide show of her outstanding wildlife photography.

The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and the suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 for a family.

It is not the first time Morse has visited Westport offering her photography and expertise in identifying animals and the signs they leave behind.

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