Lake Champlain is still at record high levels, with the ferry slip, marinas and Dock House all flooded. Lots of debris, mostly driftwood, is floating in and piling up on shoreline lawns and roadways. One positive aspect is there is very little plastic or other obviously human-generated junk in the wrack. The Boquet River has dropped to normal levels, although the heavy rains have slowed planting on local farms, and certainly in my own garden. I have seed potatoes sprouting and lettuce to transplant, but gumbo for soil.

It was noted by a close reader that this column has had no news of the sewer project of late. As a responsive writer, I took a trip into town with Ginny to inspect progress on the construction. Across the road from the fire station, the control and treatment buildings are roofed and look very good. Near the library, a smaller building for the pumps is getting siding put on and a crew with an excavator, loader and dump truck was at work in the ECHO parking lot. Ginny is not happy around big loud machines, so we didn't linger.

Town Clerk Audrey Hoskins is not going to seek re-election this fall. She and her now retired husband plan to escape from the concerns of the workaday world, and are planning trips to Las Vegas, Branson, and the Maine coast. Audrey is a connoisseur of high tea, and will now be able to indulge freely in this genteel pastime.

The Saturday night movie, sponsored by the Champlain Valley Film Society, is "Restrepo," about a military unit in current day Afghanistan. It's showing at 8 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange.

The following Saturday, May 21, there's going to be a vaudeville-style fundraiser at the Grange to benefit the Literacy Volunteers. It will feature all sorts of local talent, including crooners, comics, song birds, swordsmen and a Ru Paul impersonator. Ru Paul is not related to the politician Ron Paul, but is a famous drag queen, and the impersonator, a Reber resident (but not me!), will no doubt bring a new level of flamboyancy to this demanding role.

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