continued The essay for the calendar has evolved from 3 to 15 pages.
“This has allowed me to write about many different subjects that a calendar in itself would not normally have.
For the 2013 calendar, Patrick’s essay delves into the establishment of roads and bridges in town.
“We all see them, but no one has any idea what the history is related to them,” Patrick said. “I was able to compile this information from many different sources to come up with a timeline and story.”
After the Town of Champlain was founded in 1788 and elections were held in 1789, a town highway commission directed that roads and bridges be built and maintained.
The roads grew out of footpaths, but by the early 1800s, as the town grew, many roads were built.
“This essay will also look at the first wooden bridges built in town starting in 1794,” Patrick said. “I started this calendar on July 3 and ended in late October.”