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Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which is headquartered here in town, has a couple of interesting trail projects coming up in nearby locations. The first one is a work party for the new Flatwoods Trail, which will extend about 1½ miles west from Lake Shore Road just north of the village in Essex. Volunteers are asked to meet on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 12:30 p.m. at the Essex Ferry parking lot, with gloves, loppers, and handsaws (CATS will also provide some tools). The new trail will be part of a network of planned trails that CATS hopes will eventually connect Essex and Willsboro.

The other upcoming CATS project is a team effort between CATS and the SPCA and it will take place the following Saturday, Sept. 28. The SPCA has 18 acres of good dog-walking land at their new site (on Rte. 9N just past the Northway), and in partnership with CATS they’re planning 11 trails. Volunteers for this work party will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the SPCA and work till lunchtime. Again, bring your gloves and tools. I imagine they won’t put in all 11 trails by lunch, so stay tuned for word on future projects.

And there’s still plenty of time to submit your entry for the CATS photo and caption contest, which runs through November. You could win up to $450. For more info, visit the CATS web site at champlainareatrails.com.

The next offering in the Wadhams Free Library’s Wednesdays in Wadhams fall series will be on Oct. 2, when E’town residents Michelle and Lenny Zelkowitz will show and discuss a video of their 2012 trip to New Zealand, “Springtime on the North Island of New Zealand.” That’s 7:30 p.m. at the Wadhams Free Library. As always, the talk is free and open to the public and your questions will be welcome.

If you like cookies and clean water, sign up for the Boquet River Association (BRASS) Cookie Run in Wadhams on Oct. 12. Each runner gets a cookie, and the winners get a Brass hat and a pie. For info or to register, visit the BRASS web site at boquetriver.org or call Jeff Kelly at 546-4056.

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