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Keeseville Column

All the hard work has paid off this weekend as the first North Country Honor Flight will head to the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. The Flight received great news as the water, Rainbow Pool, fountains and waterfalls are back on at the Memorial making it all the more spectacular for all our local veterans. My thanks to Danny Kaifetz and all the others involved in giving this wonderful tribute to our veterans. May you all have a very safe and wonderful flight. For those who missed out there will be another flight in June. The North Country Honor Flight is always looking for volunteers or donations or fund raisers to help with their mission of getting area World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the Memorial in their honor. Contact North Country Honor Flight at 834-9901 or online through their website at NorthCountryHonorFlight.org

Signs are up on Front Street for Little Italy Restaurant and Kingsland Bistro so hopefully both will be opening soon.

I received an email from Chris Maron, Executive Director of Champlain Area Trails. CATS is hosting a project at Black Kettle Trail on Saturday afternoon, May 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. to prepare for a hike on June 1 to unveil the new nature interpretation signs. Volunteers will cut and remove branches from the trails and fix small bridges. CATS welcomes people of all ages to participate in its trail projects. Participants will cut tree limbs and saplings, remove fallen logs and clear brush. Volunteers should meet at the Black Kettle Trailhead, which is on Cook Road about 1.6 miles west of Whallonsburg. They ask that you bring gloves, handsaws, and loppers. CATS will also provide tools. For more information call 962-2287 or email to info@champlainareatrails.com.

A couple of ospreys are nesting in the AuSAble preserve and I managed to see three adorable baby geese and a rather irate and very protective parent Canadian Goose at the Wickham Marsh this past weekend. The marsh had numerous Canadian Geese around I’m sure all nesting. Enjoy the sights and sounds of our neighborhood and be very protective of all the local wildlife.

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