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Downtown Essex looks pretty spiffy with all the freshly planted flower barrels, thanks to the Essex Beautification Committee. Meredith Hanna and Maureen Ecclesine would like to thank the volunteers who helped with this effort, along with a note of appreciation to the Essex Ice Cream Café for the ice cream cones provided to refresh and reward the workers.

On Monday, June 24, there will be a blood drawing at the Essex fire house from 4 to 7 p.m. This is sponsored by the Essex Fire Department and the Masonic Lodge.

Scottish folk music legend Archie Fisher makes a return appearance next Thursday,June 27, at the Whallonsburg Grange. Fisher’s show last year at the grange was a sold-out affair, but then it’s not every day a singer-song writer of his stature comes to town. He’s been a fixture of the British folk scene since the 1960’s, writing hits for others and releasing albums of his own. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are only $10 if purchased in advance, or $12 at the door. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available at the Essex Ice Cream Café or by contacting ghall@westelcom.com. This will likely sell out, so buy tickets now if you want to attend what promises to be an excellent show. By the way, Mr. Fisher’s name in Wikipedia appears as Archie Fisher MBE, which stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire, an honor bestowed by the queen on notable Britons.

Looking ahead, on Saturday, June 29, the trail society, CATS, will offer a four hour wilderness first aid course at the Essex fire house. The cost is $30 and more information can be found at the CATS web site. A recent study of visitors to Essex County found that hiking is the main reason they’re here. While the CATS trails may not pack the wallop of a climb up Algonquin or Marcy, they offer a quieter, more intimate experience that to my mind is just as rewarding. You don’t have throngs of day trippers to contend with, nor rock-infested, overused trails, and you’ll be home in plenty of time for lunch.

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