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The Depot Theatre has just announced its season's lineup, and I'll cover the individual plays for readers of this column as they come up. What's especially noteworthy this year, however, is the inclusion in the season of four premieres - new plays that the Depot is presenting for the first time. I'll try to give special attention to those as the season progresses. To read about the exciting lineup now, visit depottheatre.org.

This is a bold move in a business that always has to balance artistic creativity against the bottom line. The Depot deserves extra support this year, not only for the droves of people it attracts to our town every summer, but also for its integrity. Of course, the Depot has lively events the rest of the year, including play readings, and there are two of those coming up soon. On Sunday, April 10, a cast of local thespians will assemble to read Saranac Lake playwright Karen Lewis's family drama, "A Perfect Wife," which the theatre warns contains some material not suitable for children. Then on Saturday, April 16, another local cast will read Penny Penniston's "now then again," a time-bending love story set against the background of the latest quantum physics. The story is inspired by the work of physicist John Cramer, a seasonal resident of Westport, who also wrote the introduction to the play, and who will be on hand to answer questions. Both readings take place in the lobby of the Depot Theatre starting at 6 p.m., and they're free.

In between play readings, come to the Wadhams Free Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. to hear Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturalist Amy Ivy give a talk entitled "What It Takes to Grow Food in the North Country: The Innovations Local Farmers Use to Meet the Challenge." Amy writes a gardening column for the Press-Republican and her commentaries appear regularly on North Country Public Radio. (Her husband, Rob, also has an excellent column right over there.) Amy's talk is free and your questions will be welcome.

The school budget will be adopted on April 7, with the vote coming up on May 17. Next week: school budget issues.

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