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Colin Ducolon, a long time summer resident, recently took it upon himself to spruce up the garden behind the town hall. In appreciation of his efforts, the Essex Beautification Committee conferred on him the rarely awarded and highly coveted title of “Honorary Member.”

This Saturday, the Belden Noble Library will have a food sale from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in front of the post office.

Next Wednesday, July 17, Robin Gucker, the kindergarten teacher at Lakeside School, will offer a class at the school on painting on silk. Using gutta resists and dyes, you’ll learn how to apply pigment to silk to create scarves, wall hangings and the like. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $25, which includes materials. Lakeside School is on Leaning Road, just up the hill from Whallonsburg. Gutta is a latex like material used to control the dyes, and is also found in electrical insulation and in dental applications. More information on the class can be found at lakesideschoolinessex.org.

Also July 17, organist Andrew Sheranian of Boston will perform at the Essex Community Church. His concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; the cost is $10 for adults.

The recent unbelievable deluges have kept the town highway crew busy. One day last week the Boquet came out of its banks and washed away a section of Loukes Lane, isolating Juniper Hill Farm. At 6:30 a.m. the next morning, the water had gone down and the road crew was there with dump trucks and a grader, quickly reopening the road. Their prompt efforts were very much appreciated.

My friendly neighbors here on Jersey Street at Reber Rock Farm recently opened an on-farm retail store. You can buy their chicken, maple syrup, soap, note cards and vegetables, with more items to come. Racey, Chad and Nathan are all alumni of Essex Farm and are operating the place with draft horses. You can read all about their business at their website, reberrockfarm.com, or better yet, just stop by and say hello.

Speaking of Essex Farm, their contribution to the Fouth of July parade was most entertaining. Their tractor drawn float carried a troupe of dancers with a drummer wailing away on a full set of drums. In front of the reviewing stand, the drummer, a tall scarecrow-like figure, jumped off the float and lit three torches on fire, which he then skillfully juggled right there on Main Street. The flames, smoke and showmanship truly delighted the crowd.

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