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Essex 1-22-11

If all the snow and cold is getting to you, this Saturday evening, the 22nd , there will be a pasta dinner and dance at the Whallonsburg Grange. The dinner starts at 5 p.m., with dancing to live music at 6:30 p.m. Also on Saturday a very fine new film, "The Social Network", will be shown at the Willsboro school at 7:30 p.m.

If you are delighted to have snow, try out the CATS trails for great snow shoeing and skiing. They have a nice little web site with a map showing the routes, which are centered around the Bouquet hills but extend to Willsboro and Westport. This trail system, still under development, is a wonderful asset for our town and region.

I was talking to a friend the other day about new traffic laws, specifically the move-over law that requires you to move over or slow down for police and emergency vehicles, and the law requiring removal of accumulated snow and ice before driving. I would swear I heard a news story about both these laws, but to verify them through the DMV Web site is not possible. If you search the site for snow removal rules, they refer you to moped regulations. I did find an article in a Long Island newspaper that discussed the move-over law. At any rate, don't drive around with snow all over your car, and if you're plowing snow, don't push it across a public road to clear your driveway. I know for a fact that will get the police excited.

A huge flock of cedar waxwings descended on our back field to forage for wild grapes still on the vine. I was skiing along with Ginny when we were suddenly surrounded by the birds, all tweeting very high notes and flitting nervously just overhead, wings whirring, not at all concerned with our presence. Later, I saw a pair of crows ferociously attacking a lone raven in the air, rolling and tumbling, very much like a mugging. Ravens will soon start their breeding routines, while great horned owls are already hatching their young.

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