Essex Column

The Town of Essex won an award at the recent Adirondack Park Local Government conference in Lake Placid. The Excellence in Design competition recognized the hamlet’s new sewage treatment plant for its contribution to community livability and appeal, its good fit with the neighborhood and for the lessons and techniques it offers to other communities. Accepting the award on behalf of the town was Supervisor Sharon Boisen.

Belden Noble Library director Tom Mangano announced the new summer hours, which are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Essex Community Church will host a fundraiser for the library on Sunday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Three different musical acts will perform, including the folk quartet the Wannabes, blues guitarist Russ Bailey and Vicaro and Sonnett, purveyors of fine oldies. The suggested donation is $10 and there will be light refreshments.

On Monday, May 6, head on over to the Whallonsburg Grange to learn how to make tortillas with James Graves of Full and By Farm. Tortillas are unleavened flat breads made with finely ground corn or wheat flour and are the essential components of tacos, burritos, enchiladas and all manner of tortilla chips. Originally created by the Aztecs and other native Mexicans around 3000 BC, tortillas (small torta, or small cakes) are low in calories and high in versatility, and James will show you how to make them in your own kitchen with tools you already have on hand. The class starts at 6 p.m.; call 963-4170 to reserve a spot.

Farmers are busy plowing and planting, taking advantage of a nice stretch of good weather. At Juniper Hill Farm I’ve been tilling in composted chicken manure, planting lettuce and beets and making long raised beds with a machine that forms the bed and lays black plastic mulch all in one pass. It’s important to get your rows straight to make later cultivation easier, but my rows are a bit wobbly, since a tiny jog in one row will grow to become a larger jog in the next row, and jogs are nearly impossible to straighten out. Since I’ll also do the between-row cultivating, I get to live with my errors all summer.

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