Busy weekend coming up next week. First, we have the Keeseville Free Library Book Sale during regular library hours. As I have mentioned before, I always find a lot of wonderful things at the book sale. Also concerning the library we have a benefit concert on Saturday, June 18 starting at 7:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Church. Admission is a free will offering with the proceeds to benefit the library. The concert is being performed by the local group After Thoughts. After Thoughts is a vocal ensemble made up of some very talented area teachers who perform for local charities.

Next up on Sunday the 19th will be the third annual Pig and Swig by the Elks lodge up Main Street. I will give more information concerning time and events next week.

Through Keeseville Treasurer Mary King I have learned that we have a local emergency response group who assemble to shelter and feed people in emergency situations. This past Thursday they ran a trial breakfast to test their response and effectiveness. Again, I can never say enough about how wonderful it is that our community has elements in it like this for the benefit and well-being of us all.

I would like to thank all the people who stop me wherever I might be prowling to comment on this column. Yes, I have very quickly developed a huge love for my new community. Truthfully I wasn't even born in this area. I'm really a New Jersey and downstate transplant who fell in the love with region when I came up here for college back in the 1980s. I do see a lot of charm and great friendly spirit now and a rich history filled with many fascinating events and periods throughout its history. We had operas here and grand hotels?!? Recently I acquired a copy of Virginia Westbrook's "A Thoroughly Wide Awake Little Village: A Walking Guide to Keeseville's Historic District." As I was reading this it was confirmed for me that yes, our little community certainly warrants this kind of recognition and is really this special a place.

Stay safe and well everybody and enjoy our wonderful home.

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