Essex Column

Last week Ginny and I found ourselves on the road between E’town and Westport, and decided to drop in to see the new SPCA shelter. It’s set far back from the road, down a long driveway. The building itself is airy and light inside, with spacious wings for cats and dogs and a special room for getting to know potential pets. Ginny approved of the comfortable housing for dogs but thought the laid-back cats, sprawling on their special furniture, acted entitled to their pleasant surroundings and were a bit undeserving of such luxury. She prefers her cats to be a bit more subservient. At any rate, it’s an excellent facility staffed by friendly, outgoing people and a great place to find your next pet.

I recently tried to dispose of an old stereo at the transfer station but discovered they can’t take electronic gear. It’s a state law and I had to hunt around to find a place that would accept it. It seems there is nowhere in Essex County to recycle electronics, but there is a business in Plattsburgh, Total Computer Supplies, that will take unwanted TV’s, monitors, phones and the like. Call them at 561-6885 before going up there. From my search around the internet it looks like Best Buy and the Salvation Army will also take certain items, but I’d call first. And don’t get any ideas about sneaking something past Jeremy at the transfer station. I tried to dispose of a small amount of carefully concealed paint just once and he caught me, probably by sensing a guilty conscience. He gave me a thorough explanation of how to get rid of unwanted paint and since then follows up with occasional reminders, should there be any backsliding.

This Saturday you’re invited to lend a hand finishing up work on CAT’s new Field and Forest trail, which runs north from Wadhams and will link in with the rest of the system. Meet at the Dogwood Bakery at 12:30 p.m. Beware of ticks on the trails; Ginny has already started picking them up.

Next Monday, April 22, Barbara Kunzi will offer a class on pickling beets at the Whallonsburg Grange. The class in the kitchen starts at 6 p.m. and a $5 donation is suggested.

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