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Essex Column

The Essex Community Fund recently awarded a grant to the Belden Noble Library to make improvements to the front of the library building. The entrance will be modified to make it more accessible, a bike rack and bench will be installed and they’ll also do a bit of painting and landscaping.

This Saturday, Nov. 9, the film society presents “The Way, Way Back,” at the Whallonsburg Grange. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are only $5.

The ferry is now down to one boat at the Essex crossing, leaving on the half hour. The first sailing is at 6:30 a.m. and the last is at 8:30 p.m.

The town road crew has been busy in the hinterlands of Essex trimming back trees and brush along Brookfield Road. This narrow, curvy road is much nicer to drive on now, and much safer.

It looks like we’re getting some new neighbors here on Jersey Street. A house foundation is going in across from James Barrett’s old place, and the rumors are that this will be a vacation home for a family from New Hampshire. It strikes me as kind of funny that someone would select Reber as a place to go on holiday, but I have to admit that the views are beautiful. Most of the rumors I hear are gathered at the Village Meat Market from a senior cashier with excellent sources.

Now is the time to plant garlic. It needs a weed free, well drained bed, with the cloves placed about three inches deep and spaced four inches apart. The goal is to get the cloves to send out roots but not tops before the ground freezes. You do want the ground to freeze before you apply mulch, which is mostly to prevent thawing during warm spells in the winter.

A sharp-eyed reader chided me recently about closing the curtain in a voting booth. It’s technically true that the old style booths had a closeable curtain but the current models do not. I occasionally throw in low level falsehoods to make sure my audience is on its toes, although this particular crackpot reader may have a little too much time on his hands.

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