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The town is looking for someone to manage the trash transfer site. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and reside in Essex County, with hiring preference given to those who reside in Willsboro or Essex. A working knowledge of English and arithmetic is required. The pay is in the $13 dollar an hour range with a 27 hour work week and no benefits. You can pick up an application at the town hall, which should be submitted by Oct. 15 along with a letter of interest and a resume. If a choice needs to be made between two or more equally qualified candidates, the matter should be settled by a foot race from the town hall to the transfer station, followed by a plastics sorting competition to be judged on speed and accuracy.

On Monday, Oct. 7, historian, author and Willsboro resident Thurston Clarke will give a talk at the Essex Community Church at 5 p.m. on his most recent book, “JFK’s Last 100 Days.” There is no charge for this event, which is sponsored by the Paine Memorial Library and Belden Noble Library.

My deer hunting friends are anticipating a good year because of the relatively large population of white tails and abundant feed. Last year was a rather poor one for feed, with a small wild apple crop and few acorns and hickory nuts. A neighbor told me deer were eating cedar trees in his front yard last fall they were so hungry. I’ve been seeing a lot of deer lately when I’m out on my tractor, which doesn’t cause them the same level of concern as a person on foot does. Bears are another story, and I only get a quick glimpse before they rapidly disappear into the trees.

At Juniper Hill, the huge sweet potato crop is drying down and I’m busy on the tractor tilling and getting ready to sow rye grass for a cover crop. The last big crop to bring in is beets, and then the season will be over. Except for the endless rains of June, the weather this summer has been nearly ideal for vegetable growing.

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