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This Friday evening there will be a talk at the Whallonsburg Grange given by well known photographer and naturalist Susan Morse. She will discuss the impacts of climate change on northern animal species illustrated with her beautiful photos. The talk starts at 7 p.m. and the suggested donation is $8.

This Saturday afternoon at the Belden Noble Library, Essex residents Katharine Preston and John Bingham will describe their 12,000 mile road trip to Alaska last summer. This begins at 3 p.m.

The other evening the local public television station ran a piece on the Whallonsburg Grange. Many Essex luminaries and even a certain Valley News editor got themselves on camera, although I was baffled when the reporter described Whallonsburg as “remote.” While admittedly it’s small as far as population goes, there are paved roads and street lights which to me indicate a certain level of civilization, not to mention the large number of prominent Essex residents who reside there. I would accept secluded but certainly not remote.

I see that New Health, at the corner of Blockhouse Road and Route 22, is offering an eight-week program to get gardeners in shape for spring work. This is a great idea, to avoid strains and soreness that eager but ill-prepared tillers of the soil may encounter. The series starts March 4 and there’s more information at their website.

I recently got a detailed report about the organic facials offered at Lake Champlain Yoga, which is on Main Street in the hamlet. My source very much enjoyed the expert massage of her visage and said that her skin has stayed surprisingly moist since the treatment, in spite of the cold and dry winter conditions.

It’s wonderful to see the lake frozen over and covered with dazzling white snow, with just a narrow path for the ferry to use. Snowmobilers and skiers are pleased to have so much snow to play in after so many disappointing winters. However, signs of spring are showing up here and there. My neighbors plowed the snow from around their sugar house and I spotted a flock of several hundred robins (or so it seemed) near the hamlet. And my inner redneck is delighted that the Daytona 500, the first race of the year, is this Sunday.

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