The Boquet River and Lake Champlain bear watching closely as they are running high and swift; so far there is no known real damage, and we are hopeful it stays that way. It is great to see the spring flowers and shrubs showing signs of blooming. It seems like Easter came early this year and it was impressive that our local churches had a nice variety of special services to remind us of the importance of this past week. We are happy to welcome more of our regulars back, like Ruth Young and Bonnie Elliott. It was also nice to see Lorie Lincoln Torrance as she was here visiting her mother for the Easter Holiday.

As a community, we are very blessed to have such a great fire department and rescue squad they get called out at all hours and holidays. On Easter Sunday, they responded to a truck fire on Mountain View Drive. There was a great article in the Plattsburg Press on Sunday of many of our local volunteer groups that are going even farther in their training to developing rescue techniques for North Country special needs. Volunteers are what makes our North Country communities stand out and we never have enough to fill all of our needs. So the appeal is out for many to come forward and offer us at least a three hour shift in one or another at our several sites a week.

I am very proud of our local school board, superintendent, staff and the teachers for truly holding the line on the next year's school budget; it is a very fair budget especially in this economic downturn. The school budget is coming up for vote on May 17, from noon to 8 p.m., hopeful you will come out in numbers to vote. I am always pleased to report the success of former local graduates as they go on to higher education. I recently learned that two former WCS students, Ben Rowe and Katie Shephard, now attending Plattsburgh State were recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Congratulations to you both; we are all very proud of your hard work.

Birthdays: Claudia Russell, May 1; Arlene Bigelow, May 2; John Bergin, May 2; Katie Shephard, May 3; Adam Robare, May 4; Larry Page, May 5; and Kyle Jacques Britton, May 7.

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