Essex Column

Andy Buchanan’s four part series on the history of American agriculture winds up next Tuesday, Feb. 26, with a talk on current day farming, including a look back at the farm crisis of the 1980’s and the rise of big-time agribusiness. Andy is a lecturer in history at UVM and one of Whallonsburg’s more prominent scholars. Although Andy’s talks are ending, there’s more to come with a group discussion with local farmers on March 5 concerning the future of organic farming, followed by a lecture on modern day self-sufficiency on March 12 and finally a talk on March 19 on what 19th century Adirondackers ate. The talks all start at 7:30 and the place is the Whallonsburg Grange.

This Saturday night, Feb. 23, a band from Burlington takes the stage at the Grange. They’re called PossumHaw, they play folk and bluegrass and they’ve released three albums since 2005. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10. By the way, possumhaw is a common name for a native deciduous holly also known as winterberry.

The ravens around here are getting very vocal. Most of the year they make boastful triple caws to announce their dominance in their particular territory. More or less they’re saying to other ravens I’m the top bird around here and this is my turf. These days, however, the calls are a jumble of bubbling belches, abrupt barks and otherworldly guffaws. It’s mating season, you see, and any strange sound coming from the sky about now is probably just a raven seeking a mate.

Ginny was delighted to be served a dog cookie at the town hall during a recent visit to get a dump ticket. Town Clerk Audrey Hoskins keeps a box of them in her desk, and Ginny knows exactly which drawer in the desk. Mrs. Hoskins only requires a hand shake to receive a cookie, but Ginny is happy to demonstrate all of her tricks, including roll over and play dead if it means an extra cookie. She rolls over very adeptly, but is usually too excited to play dead correctly. She’ll lie still, but can’t stop from wagging her tail. They must be good cookies.

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