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A while back I reported that funding had run out for the ACAP After School Program in Westport and that it wouldn’t be continuing for the next school year. By now, many of you are aware that ACAP let us know that there will be funding for next year after all. So that’s a piece of good news I thought I should mention here to set the record straight.

I also recently mentioned the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) hike scheduled for June 1 on the Black Kettle Nature Trail, to unveil the new interpretive signs by local artist and naturalist Sheri Amsel. To prepare for that event, CATS will hold a volunteer work project this Saturday, May 18, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the trailhead on Cook Road with gloves, loppers, and handsaws. For information on this or on the other events CATS has lined up for June 1, call 962-2287 or visit champlainareatrails.com.

The Wadhams Free Library continues its Wednesdays in Wadhams spring lecture series on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. with “Moriah Shock: Learning To Leave,” a talk by local resident Bob Harsh, who has been working as a literacy volunteer at Moriah Shock. A retired counselor and sociology professor known to his neighbors as an active spiritual leader in the community, Bob will give us an inside look at volunteering in prison as well as a brief history of American prisons that focuses on the inner life of the prisoners.

Finally, don’t forget to duck when you next go through Wadhams. No, I’m not talking about the low-hanging traffic lights. I’m talking about the famous Duck Derby to benefit the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Department. Ducks are on sale now and are avalailable from Wadhams firefighters or at Dogwood Bread Company. They’ll also be on sale at the Strawberry Festival, June 16, the day of the race. But get yours now because by that time there may not be many left. Only five bucks per duck! You could win one of three cash prizes (1st = $250, 2nd = $100, 3rd = $50) or other prizes donated by local craftsmen and artists.

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