Essex Column

Champlain Area Trails announces a new contest to promote the network of foot trails, their first ever photo competition. You have until May 15 to submit photographs taken from the trails, along with brief captions. They are looking for medium resolution photos sent in by email, to catscontest@gmail.com with more details at their website, champlainareatrails.com. Ginny and I climbed the Overlook Trail the other day when the ground was good and frozen, but we saw where earlier hikers had been through during a warm spell, leaving deep footprints and skid marks in the soft ground. I would suggest letting the trails be until they dry out. There are lots of great roads in town for walking, including Blockhouse, Cross, Cook and Alden. These have little traffic and enjoyable views.

The film society is showing “The Sessions” at the Whallonsburg Grange this Saturday night at 8 p.m. This is another fine movie that won best picture at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

The Belden Noble Library presents a puppet show by Lakeside School teachers and students this Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Admission is free and I believe there will be refreshments.

If you would like to reduce the cost of your car insurance, or perhaps atone for past infractions of the law, sign up for a driver safety program to be held May 7 and May 8 at the Essex Community Church. The sessions run from 9 to noon and you must attend both. I’ve taken these classes before to save on insurance, not to knock points off my license, and noticed the classes are composed mostly of older people like me and lots of sullen, guilty looking teenagers. Call the Hunns at 963-4445 for more information.

The French’s sugar house on Jersey Street is still boiling, although this is the end of the season. Holly French reports they’ve had an excellent year with good quality and volume.

In other news from Jersey Street, Charley Gay’s old place has changed hands and I’m glad to see there’s lots of activity there now. I must go introduce myself one of these days.

Down in Essex hamlet, a county road crew is cleaning the storm drains, in case you’re wondering what they’re up to.

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