Keeseville Column

From 4 until 7 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 10 at the Keeseville Elk’s Lodge will be a benefit dinner for Jason and Kira Witherwax who lost their house in a fire. A spaghetti dinner has been donated by Pasquale’s along with live music and prize drawings. Cost is ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children twelve and under.

My thoughts to all those who suffered wind damage this past week. I understand several buildings were severely damaged. My thanks to the road crews who did such a great job clearing the debris as quickly as they did. Next up I know we have a lot of ice jams to contend with that will dangerously raise the levels of the Ausable River. Take care with driving into water areas as the depths can be unpredictable and things can get out of control very quickly. My thoughts also with every one living along the banks of the river in both AuSable and Keeseville. I see barriers already being put in place.

With the wild weather comes a spectacular scene on the bridge over the Chasm right now. The water rushing is breath-taking and definitely worth a visit.

Mac’s Grocery has been revamping the deli department with new salads and hot foods. I am impressed with the workers and the delicious selections both old and new. I am hearing talk about a new pizza place opening up downtown as well and will report more as I get some facts.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner remember the great restaurants that we have right in the village as well as the wonderful gift selection at Keeseville Pharmacy and great cards at both Mac’s and the Pharmacy.

Recently, I traveled around bird watching at the AuSable State Park and Wickham State Marsh. I love watching the ducks, loons and the occasional hawk. Haven’t seen the bald eagles this year at all but I’ll keep looking. Both areas are definitely worth a visit and won’t disappoint the careful observer. Great having such well-maintained natural sites in our backyard along with the Chasm. We do live in a truly beautiful community.

Stay well and enjoy the natural beauty of our home! Namaste’

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