Essex Column

The trees are starting to change color, in response to shorter days and cooler temperatures. The reds and oranges are in the leaves, but how well they’re expressed depends on the weather just before the change. Chilly but not freezing nights and warm sunny days bring out the brightest colors, just as in apples. A rainy summer has no effect on the color, nor does the width of caterpillar stripes.

Residential property owners, do not ignore the recent mailing you should have gotten from the state about the STAR tax exemption. To reduce your property taxes, you must re-register before Dec. 31. It can be done on-line and is nearly painless, provided you can remember your social security number.

The film society would like you to know they’ve recently made significant improvements to the sound system at the Whallonsburg Grange, to accompany the new giant screen and high definition projector. The society confirms that it’s now much easier to hear the soundtrack and popcorn and other refreshments are available to enhance your evening at the movies.

The cooler weather has certainly made Ginny a lot more frisky and fun loving. She leaps out of bed in the morning, gobbles her breakfast and takes long, vigorous hikes on the CATS trails with her friends. For you new or forgetful readers, Ginny is my dog while Amy is my wife, and I make this distinction lest you think I’m some sort of two timing country Cassanova.

This Saturday there will be a retirement party for Jim Morgan, the town’s long-standing highway chief, at the Whallonsburg Grange from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a pot-luck dish to share and a story or two concerning Mr. Morgan, who no doubt has been involved in some amusing incidents during his 27 years working for the town.

The Grange lyceum series on the Civil War starts next Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a talk entitled “The American Civil War in the World, 1848-1871.” The lecturer is Whallonsburg’s very own Andy Buchanan. The series runs for the next eight Tuesday evenings, with a break on Election Day, and costs only $36 to attend all eight or $5 for one.

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