Next Sunday, June 12, weather permitting, (which lately is saying a lot!) the Keeseville Elks Lodge will have its annual Flag Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans' Park in Keeseville. This event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to join in and watch the service. It involves the history of our flag and promises to be a wonderful event.

Now is the time to bring in your gently used books for the annual book sale at the Keeseville Free Library. The sale starts in two weeks. I always find an impressive assortment of books at the book sale and never go home empty-handed.

Just a reminder from last week's column that Mary Anne Goff, head librarian of the Keeseville Free Library, has started her Gofflowers again on Division Street. Stop over to see her beautiful flowers that are for sale.

I have not heard anything new about water damage from the recent storms, but I am still amazed at the effects from our weather. The AuSable River and AuSable Chasm are both spectacular right now and very much worth a trip to see. Just be careful walking too close to the edge of the banks as there is a lot of erosion going on right now. I read recently that 82 acres of Porter Mountain in the Adirondacks is actually sliding downhill at a rate of 8 to 12 inches a day and the top has dropped 8 to 12 feet since May.

Finally after weeks of rain, I had a chance to mow my jungle of a back yard. I think my neighbors were ready to shoot me. My black lab, Bailey, loved romping through it, and it was seriously up to her head in some spots. I must admit I prefer to spend my time sitting at my computer writing, but I really don't have anything against mowing. It's fast, easy exercise which I can sorely use, but every time I've had a chance to mow the rains came down. Nice to have a gorgeous Memorial Day so I could tame the beast of a jungle. Now just to do the trim work. It never ends. Stay safe and well everybody.

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