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Essex Column

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir concert at the Essex Community Church this Friday, Oct. 25, will regrettably not feature the whole choir of 60 some odd members and their band as advertised by me, but a smaller group of 20 singers. However, the concert is still free and begins at 7:30 p.m. and I’d get there early because this is going to be a foot-stomping good time.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Black Kettle Farm hosts a Harvest and Halloween Festival from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be story telling, apple bobbing and cider pressing among many other activities for children. Black Kettle is the home of Lakeside School and is located just outside of Whallonsburg on Leaning Road.

Deer and bear hunting seasons begin on Oct. 26 and run through Dec. 8 for the regular rifle season. There are also seasons for bow hunting and muzzleloaders, which run until Dec. 15. Muzzleloaders used to be fairly primitive firearms, but now they can be had with fiber optic sights and other modern amenities that make them almost like a regular gun, albeit one that has to be reloaded after every shot. If you’re out hiking or hunting, be sure to wear something orange, and that goes for your dog too. Although Ginny is nearly all white and not at all like any deer or bear I’ve ever seen, we still put her in an orange jacket so people will know she’s not out running loose.

The Saturday night movie this week will be shown at the Willsboro school at 8 p.m. The film is one of Charlie Chaplin’s best, a silent called “The Kid,” accompanied by pianist Ben Model.

The Essex Beautification Committee recently awarded an honorary membership to Lou Comeau for his outstanding efforts in keeping the hamlet attractive by watering and maintaining the flower barrels this summer. He also does a very nice job with his own yard, one of the prettier ones on Main Street. The committee has only granted an honorary membership once before, to Colin Ducolon, and is otherwise rather secretive and selective about who it admits to its ranks. Nevertheless, I’m delighted that they use this column exclusively to announce their awards.

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