Essex Column

The art association’s last show of the season opens this Friday, Aug. 23, with a reception at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery is next to the ice cream shop in the heart of downtown Essex.

Saturday, Aug. 24, you may turn in hazardous waste at the North Hudson transfer station from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will accept old paint, chemistry sets, batteries, old propane tanks and the like but will reject ammunition, radioactive material and explosives. You will need proof of residency beyond a driver’s license, such as a utility bill. All the details are on the Essex County website. The North Hudson transfer station is on the east side of US Route 9, about a half mile north of the Northway’s Exit 29, just behind the North Hudson fire house.

The SPCA’s big annual antique and tag sale is also this Saturday at the Whallonsburg Grange. If you want to get in early, arrive at 9 a.m. and pay $20 to have first go at the good stuff. From 10 a.m. on admission is free, and from 2 to 4 p.m. all remaining items are half price.

Mark your calendars for Sept. 8, when the Grange will have its fourth annual harvest festival. There will be music, fire trucks, games and of course Chef Jeremy will once again be at the grill, flipping Whallonsburgers and frying up Reber Rascals. He would like menu suggestions, so chat him up the next time you’re at our transfer station and don’t be put off by his slightly prickly demeanor. Just remember to address him as “My dear chef.”

The Champlain Trails people have teamed up with the Northeast Wilderness Trust to open a new trail in Brookfield. The Brookfield Headwaters Trail starts on Reynolds Road and loops north to the New Road through wetlands and woods, and will be a self guided teaching trail. The New Road parallels and pre-dates Jersey Street, and once served as the main wagon road between the port of Essex and iron forges and farms inland. The hope today is to create a wildlife passageway from the Split Rock Mountain area on the lake to wild lands in the Jay Mountain region.

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