Essex Column

An astute reader corrected my information on the STAR property tax reduction program. Seniors who are already on enhanced STAR won’t receive a mailing from the state and do not have to register except as they usually would.

The Belden Noble Library Bake sale is this Saturday in front of the post office, starting at 9 a.m. Tom and Julie, the team of librarians, are looking both for donations of baked goods and for customers to purchase them.

The film society has a special deal for you movie buffs: they are showing “Northern Borders,” on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange, and in attendance will be the film’s director, Jay Craven. Like many of his films, this one is based on a novel by Howard Frank Mosher and is set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

On Sunday at the Grange, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company will perform “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, a comedy suitable for all ages concerning the vicissitudes of romance. The play begins at 3 p.m. and advance tickets can be purchased at the Pink Pig downtown.

The late Ethel Bernard’s baby grand piano was recently donated to the newly opened senior housing in Willsboro. The correct name for this place is Champlain Valley Senior Community, located in the former school. I poked my head in there the other day and it looks like they’ve done a very nice job repurposing the old building.

Ginny and I made our usual early Sunday morning reconnaissance of the hamlet, snooping around and looking for items for this column. I was happy to see work has started on facing the Lake Street wall with stone, and Live Well on Main Street is now called Lake Champlain Yoga and Wellness. Within this emporium one may obtain, among many other things, an “organic facial.” I have a vague understanding of what a facial is, but no firsthand experience. It turns out to be a fairly elaborate tune-up of your face, with special cleansers, exfoliation, and massage, all done with organically derived products. I checked with Michelle Maron, the proprietor, and she assured me that even the cucumber slices used to cover your eyes are organically grown.

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