Essex Column

This Friday evening, Nov. 1, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host musicians Jay Fiegl, the Wannabees, the Barn Burners and the Wadhams Waddlers for an evening of ballads to mark the Day of the Dead. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., admission is only $7 and there will be refreshments available.

The Grange is putting on an Election Day dinner this coming Tuesday, Nov. 5. On the menu is turkey from Jersey Street’s very own Reber Rock Farm and the traditional accompaniments of potatoes, squash, rolls and pie. Take-outs can be had starting at 4:30 p.m. and the sit down meal goes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the price is $10. Don’t forget to vote, by the way. The polls at the Essex fire station open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. In addition to filling various offices, voters will decide on six different proposals to amend the state constitution dealing with subjects like sewer debt, the age of judges and the NYCO land swap. I would suggest reading up on these before you close the curtain behind you.

Thanks to a grant from the Honeybee Community Fund, the Belden Noble library recently acquired fifty new children’s books.

The stone facing project on the Lake Street wall downtown is nearly finished and it looks great. The rectangular openings down at road level are called scuppers and, as on a ship, they’re designed to allow water from waves and rain to run off. A concrete cap on the wall will be installed next week which will keep water from getting inside the wall and causing damage from freezing and thawing.

We went to the movies in Plattsburgh last weekend with friends, and the discussion in the car centered on the large number of ticks we’re finding on our dogs and ourselves of late. We reviewed methods of extracting ticks and the grusome fate of those who ignore the tell-tale red target on your skin produced by a bite. A lot of them are found when you feel them simply walking around on you. I spent the entire movie itching and scratching imaginary bugs.

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