People often say to me, what in the world do you get to do in your small community? Wow, if people took in all that is offered, they probably would not be able to do it all. This past week was a prime example of just what people can take advantage of. The Methodist Church Public Supper, The Catholic Church Buffet Breakfast, the opening of the new restaurant Johnny's Sport's Bar, Bay View is now open for the season. There was the wonderful play, "Sleeping Beauty," performed for two evenings and Sunday afternoon. This was a production under the direction of the Willsboro Drama Club and the performers were from grades of kindergarten to 6th grade, they did a great job. Then the School Music Dept. under the direction of Jennifer Moore along with some of her students gave an outstanding afternoon concert featuring 11 solo performances on Sunday afternoon at the Essex church; some very talented young people. The school sports awards event. There were several yard sales, bowling, CATS gathering with Bill McKibben as an outstanding speaker, an Open House with skills of older crafts and ways of life at the 1812 Homestead. There was an art exhibit at the Paine Library. Defensive Driving classes were offered at the Congregational Church this past week.

Next week on Sunday, June 12 the Ecumenical Youth Group will be holding a Compassionate Cultural Fair from noon to 4 p.m. They will be featuring baked goods, arts and crafts, Michigans, Ramen noodles a raffle and more. The proceeds will go to assist the disaster area in the world, so they could really use our support. Mark your calendars for the opening and dedication of the "Healing Garden" down in the Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Ashley Alden who recently graduated from St. Lawrence University with honors in communications and cum laude distinction. She is the daughter of John and Cathy Alden, Grandparents of Mary Bowen and Elizabeth Alden. She also noted that their commencement speaker was Tom Brokaw former NBC News Anchorman. The George and Marcia Bierce recently traveled out to the graduation of a grandson from Rochester University.

Happy Birthday to: Sandi Craig June 10, Lee Ann Johnpier June 12, Bruce Patnode June 14, Jessica McCauliffe June 14, Judy Hoskins June 14, Kelsey Sloper June 15, Randy Dickerson June 16, Debbie Bridge June 17, Linda Jaquish June 18. Happy Anniversary to Brian & Cindy Pytlak June 17.

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