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This Friday evening, shimmy shake your way to Whallonsburg for an evening of dancing at the Grange. Sponsored by the Grange and Champlain Valley Dance of Shoreham, Vermont, there will be instruction for novices at 7:30 p.m. and dancing to a dj from 8 to 10 p.m. Styles include Latin, ballroom and swing and it’s free, although donations are always welcome. Participants are asked to leave their muddy clodhoppers at home and to wear clean, non-marking shoes. You may bring a long-stemmed red rose to clench in your teeth as you glide about if that’s your style.

On Saturday evening, March 2, the Champlain Valley Film Society will show “Argo” at the Grange at 7:30 p.m. This film is about the rescue of six Americans from Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, and it’s a fairly accurate retelling of the event except for a dramatic chase at the airport the director, Ben Affleck, couldn’t resist throwing in. Remember that you can buy popcorn and other refreshments at the movie.

On Tuesday, March 5, the Grange will host a panel discussion with farmers entitled “The Future of Food”. Moderated by Plattsburgh State professor Richard Robinson, the panel will include Marco Turco, Kristin Kimball and James Graves. This discussion is part of the Grange’s winter lyceum series on American agriculture and begins at 7:30. With the fairly recent appearance and growth of CSA’s, vegetable farms, farmers markets and gigantic dairy farms in this area, this should be an interesting conversation.

Mark your calendars for April 7, when the fourth Annual Polar Plunge will be held. This is a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is quite a spectacle with dozens of crazy people jumping off a nice dry shore into the freezing cold lake while dozens more observe from the warmth of their parkas. Lunch is provided to the plungers who survive the ordeal.

Susie Drinkwine recently made an appearance at the post office and was given a beautiful quilt signed by over 100 well wishers. We hope to see her back behind the counter soon.

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