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Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, you may be looking for a place to work out indoors. The weight room at the school gym will be open to the community twice a week until Nov. 1, Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A reminder: if you have something you’d like to see here, send it along to the email address above. I’ll do my best to include it. Thanks to Hokey McKinley for this info (sorry you had to wait so long, Hokey).

I should correct an impression I gave last week, when I wrote about the 11 trails at the outstanding new SPCA site on Route 9N. The SPCA is partnering with Champlain Area Trails (CATS) to work on them, and I wrongly assumed that the CATS volunteers would be creating the trails. In fact, as David Reuther kindly informs me, the trails have already been cleared and just need to be tidied up. It should all be able get squared away with the one work day on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 8:30 a.m. So CATS volunteers will have a great chance to see all 11 of the the new dog-walking trails at once. Just show up on Saturday morning, preferably with loppers, handsaw, and gloves if you have them.

An added attraction to this project is that after the work is done, David will offer a tour of the new facility to anyone who’s interested in seeing it. I didn’t know this, but he says it’s a true state-of-the-art animal shelter and will serve as a national prototype for other shelters. Very interesting, especially since we all love our pets so much (full disclosure: I owe my beloved Sassafras to the good work of the SPCA!).

This weekend Bill McHone invites you to take part in a community tag sale in the old Arts Council building next to the phone company, on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At least half the proceeds will go to your choice of three area projects (the Heritage House Roof Fund, the Fireworks Fund, or the neutering/spaying of feral cats). If you have good stuff to sell, call Bill at 632-4108 or email him at Wm@WilliamMcHone.com.

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