Essex Column

The town hall has new hours. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except for the lunch hour from noon to one. It’s also closed on national holidays, the next one not until Labor Day.

This is an election year in Essex, with lots of positions to contest. The offices of supervisor, town clerk, highway superintendent, one assessor and two town council seats will all go before the voters in November. Check with the county election board if you’d like to run.

The Whallonsburg Grange has a new website: thegrangehall.info. Digital buccaneers hijacked the old site name and rejected generous ransom offers before selling it to a rival grange in Thailand. Nevertheless, the new site’s just like the former one, and on it you can read about an upcoming class in the grange kitchen on the basics of canning. Barbara Kunzi will show you how to use the kitchen’s pressure canners, regular canners and flash freezer to put by your harvest. The class is on Monday, the 22nd at 6 p.m. and you should call 963-4170 if you’d like to attend. The flash freezer, also called a blast freezer, uses very low temperatures and moving air to rapidly freeze items, sort of like the opposite of a microwave. The benefit of flash freezing is it reduces the size of ice crystals that form in the product you’re working with, thus reducing moisture loss when it’s thawed. It also enables you to easily freeze individual items, like strawberries, so that you can use what you need rather than thaw a large hunk.

The Belden Noble Library is looking for young readers to participate in their Belden Bookworms program. Stop by the library with your children to find out more.

This Saturday, July 20, the new North Country SPCA building on Route 9N in Elizabethtown will be dedicated. They’re having an open house from noon to 6 p.m., and you’re invited to bring your dog to test out the new hiking trails and play yard. At 2 p.m., Sen. Betty Little will cut a ribbon. Free adoptions of dogs and cats are a feature of the day, and there will be demonstrations by professional dog trainers.

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