Essex Column

The silver screen at the Whallonsburg Grange lights up Saturday night with “42”, the story of baseball’s Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues. The movie starts at 8 p.m. and you don’t need to bring your own popcorn because they sell it right there.

The library is back to its quiet season hours: Monday, 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coming up on Monday, Oct. 7, will be a talk by Thurston Clarke sponsored by Belden-Noble Library and Paine Memorial Library. Clarke will speak about his latest book on the last 100 days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, answer questions and join you for light refreshments at the Essex Community Church in the heart of downtown Essex. It all starts at 5 p.m. Though to the world at large he’s a serious historian, Clarke is quite famous around here as the father of “Survivor” winner Sophie Clarke.

If you own residential property which is your primary residence and your income is less than half a million dollars a year, and you haven’t gotten a letter yet about your STAR tax reduction, you should either call 457-2036 or go to tax.ny.gov for instructions. You should have at hand the social security numbers of each of the property owners. Please don’t call the local assessors on this.

The 40-some-odd neglected horses seized recently from a local property need feed and care, and the Animal Cruelty Task Force is looking for cash donations to help with these expenses. Please call Tam Morse of the task force at 834-7849 or make out a check to Essex County Treasurer and send it to P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, 12936. Make sure your check is marked “Horse Care.”

These warm early autumn afternoons are perfect for drying laundry and also bring out yellow jackets, a rather aggressive wasp you don’t want mingling with your clothes. It is always wise to give one’s garments, especially undergarments, a good shaking when taking them off the line. Sitting on a wasp is a startling way to start one’s day, for both parties.

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