Essex Column

Next Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Postal Service will hold a public meeting at 2 p.m. in the Essex Post Office to discuss the future of the local post office. This is an issue that’s been in the news of late, with the conflicting needs of serving the community and reducing costs getting a lot of public interest. Also Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., the Belden Noble library hosts an open poetry reading. This is billed as a friendly celebration of poetry, and nearly every type of poem is welcome, except perhaps for certain types of limericks. The following evening, Jan. 31, starting at 6:30 p.m. is an acoustic music jam and sing-along at the library, open to all players, singers and listeners.

The Town of Essex is seeking residents to serve on the Youth Commission. Call or email Supervisor Sharon Boisen if you’re interested. The town hall phone number is 963-4287 and Sharon’s email is supervisorboisen@gmail.com. Or you can just stop by during business hours.

The film society has recently upgraded their projection equipment, with an HD (high definition) projector and much larger screen. Popcorn, coffee, snacks and soda are available for purchase at the shows, all of which should enhance your enjoyment of the movies.

The Whallonsburg Grange’s series on American agriculture kicks off next Tuesday, Jan. 29, with a talk by SUNY Plattsburgh professor David Franzi on the geological origins of the Champlain Valley. Until relatively recently this whole area was covered for many millennia with up to a mile of ice, the weight of which pushed underlying rock downward forming a basin that filled with seawater after the ice retreated. Imagine whales and seals swimming around between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, albeit in very cold water. As the land rebounded and lifted, the sea shrank and disappeared about 8,000 years ago, leaving us with more or less the current landscape. It seems strange that bedrock can be pressed down and even stranger that it can bounce back up again, but that’s the story here. A word you may hear at the lecture I’d never encountered before reading up on this subject is varve, which is a layer or layers of sediment deposited in still water, over the course of one year. It’s a Swedish word that means layer, and even my computer spell checker is unfamiliar with it.

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