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If you’ve ever wanted a cat, now is a great time to adopt an adult from the SPCA, when for the month of January only, the adoption fee is only $15. The catch is the adoptive cat must have some white on its coat.

This Friday evening, Live Well on Main Street is having an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Stop by to meet the staff, inspect the facility and of course enjoy some refreshments.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Belden Noble Library will host a program on American protest music featuring Mary-Nell Bockman and the Wannabes. It starts at 7 p.m., and although it hasn’t been confirmed, I bet there will be refreshments.

The film society is getting back into action with a film called “Ruby Sparks” that will be shown on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange. More on this next week.

If you get your mail from the Essex post office, you should have gotten a survey seeking your opinions on the future of the post office. The surveys must be returned by Jan. 16. On Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., there will be a public meeting at the post office to discuss options for the future.

The town is looking for volunteers to serve on a couple of boards and a newly formed committee. The Board of Assessment Review needs more members, as does the Zoning Board of Appeals. To become a member of the BAR, you need to attend a training session where you will learn all about the assessment process. In May, there are at least two meetings where property owners may dispute their assessments. For each meeting you are paid the splendid sum of some $70. Supervisor Sharon Boisen is seeking interested members of the public to serve on a committee that will explore long range strategic plans for Essex. Call or email Sharon if any of this appeals to you.

The days are finally starting to get longer. From this Friday to next Friday, our days will lengthen by thirteen minutes, not a dramatic change but very welcome nevertheless.

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