Essex 1-16-11

There's a new person working at the town hall by the name of Kelly Petrie, who was appointed secretary to the supervisor at the town's annual organizational meeting. Kelly, who lives in Whallonsburg, is from Peru and also serves as the secretary to the planning board. She has experience in Peru's town government and seems like a very pleasant and capable person. Stop by and welcome her to our town.

Other appointments include Grace Drummond as deputy town clerk, and Ed Hoskins as animal control officer. Mr. Hoskins, also a resident of Whallonsburg, is the husband of our very fine town clerk, Audrey Hoskins. Ms. Drummond has served the town for many years in all sorts of roles. Her spouse is former town supervisor Bill Drummond. The town board is expected to act this week on appointing a zoning officer and a new board member, to replace Steve Sayward, who resigned to become town justice.

Work at the Essex Inn looks like it's nearing completion. Painters and carpenters are busy, the landscaping is in place, but the heavy construction of last summer is over. Except for the columns out front, it seems like every part of this rambling building has been extensively renovated. The town will have an elegant hotel and restaurant when it's all finished, and perhaps Main Street will get more lively.

There's going to be a winter barn dance at the Whallonsburg Grange next Saturday, Jan. 22. This is a benefit for the Lakeside Preschool and will feature a live band from Vermont, and a caller. I'm told Phish auditioned for this gig, but they couldn't keep a steady beat. The fun starts a 5 with a pasta dinner for only $5, followed by dancing at 6:30. There will be instructors on hand and a $10 donation is suggested.

I sent out my seed order this week, filled with optimism for another great growing season. Seed catalogs are highly seductive, and I have to admit to being a sucker for anything unusual.

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