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Keeseville Column

Thursday, July 4, members and veterans of the North Country Honor Flight will be in the Parade in Plattsburgh. If you get a chance head out to cheer them.

With the new month we also have the first Friday of the month so don’t forget the free family fun movie at the Elk’s lodge, Snacks can be purchased starting at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start once it is dark enough.

The children’s summer reading program for six to ten year-olds will start this coming Monday July 8 and will continue every Monday in July starting at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Dig into Reading,” with topics including “the dirt on dirt,” “how dirt is useful,” “dirt movers,” and “Under the Earth.” The program is free and always a lot of fun. Also July 8 marks an Art show and sale featuring the photographs of Lynn Manning in a show entitled “Room for Views,” which runs from July 8 through Aug. 8 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday July 11. Art shows at the library are always wonderful and very much worth a visit.

With the over saturation of the ground we’ve been having a lot of fun dealing with little ants in our house. Slowly but surely the ants - and my wallet, as good pesticides aren’t cheap - are losing the battle. While I was mowing during a rare break between storms I even saw a small toad in my backyard. I also had a spectacular view of a pair of beautiful hawks swirling around in the sky looking for their next meal. My feeder has been active with cardinals, blue jays, pigeons, morning doves, starlings, and even an adorable little red squirrel and bigger grey squirrel as well as a chipmunk. I was very glad to see a chipmunk as I seem to have inherited two neighborhood cats and haven’t seen much of the little guys since the cats have been around the yard. Along Route 9N I’ve come across deer and rabbits several times as I think the flooding waters has pushed them out a bit.

Even with the ants I wouldn’t trade living in an area with so much abundant wildlife right in our backyard. Enjoy.

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