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The Belden Noble Library is now on summer hours, which are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This Saturday, May 7, there's going to be a pancake breakfast at the Reber Church Hall, starting at 8 a.m. and going to 11 a.m. The menu features maple syrup made by my neighbors here on Jersey Street, the hard-working French family. Mrs. French reported that the maple season was a good one this year, in spite of heavy snow and a stretch of cold weather in the middle. Mrs. French and I use formal forms of address when talking to each other, she out of respect for my age and I for her unflappable good nature. I believe the entire French family will be working at this breakfast, so get there early because it's going to be well attended.

The forecast looks like more rain, which is not good news for lake shore properties. I've seen Lake Champlain up this high before, but it's not dropping the way it usually does. While some businesses in town are suffering from all the water, others are gearing up for the season. Although the restaurant and bar aren't open yet, the Essex Inn has rooms available for overnight guests. The chef has been hired, the liquor license is on its way, and soon the place will be hopping. The Neighborhood Nest is open, and down the street, much activity is evident at the ice cream shop. I spied John Doyle working at the stone store, so perhaps that will be open this summer. I hope the lake starts dropping soon, to let people clean up and dry out, and get the ferry back in business.

Ginny, usually a dog without odors, had a surprise encounter with a skunk recently, and when that had pretty much gone away, found an old tub in the woods full of fetid water. She jumped in, splashed around, and covered herself with greenish goo. She endured a cold garden hose shower without complaint, but her hair is so thick the smell never really goes away.

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