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My favorite serpent, the timber rattlesnake | Essex Column

This Friday evening, the 25th, a gospel choir will perform at the Essex Community Church at 7:30 pm.

Good sap runs | Essex Column

On Saturday evening the Champlain Valley Film Society presents the best of this year’s Oscar nominated short films.

Adirondack Art Association | Essex Column

This Friday evening the Whallonsburg Grange presents two titans of the world of folk music, Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers.

Heated bird baths | Essex Column

The film showing this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange is “American Hustle.”

Celebrate Women’s History Month | Essex Column

Before writing this column, Ginny and I usually take an early Sunday morning drive through the hamlet to see if anything is going on and to inspect the community bulletin board by the post office.

Twelve Years a Slave” | Essex Column

The Champlain Valley Film Society presents “Twelve Years a Slave” this Saturday evening at the Whallonsburg Grange.

The voices and behavior of birds | Essex Column

Naturalist and environmental educator Connor Stedman will give a talk this Friday evening at the Whallonsburg Grange on the voices and behavior of birds.

The neighbor’s sugar house | Essex Column

The movie this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange is “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Impacts of climate change on northern animal species | Essex Column

This Friday evening there will be a talk at the Whallonsburg Grange given by well known photographer and naturalist Susan Morse.

Shortage of kale seed | Essex Column

The regular monthly meetings of the Essex Town Board are now on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Film society presents “Captain Phillips” | Essex Column

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the film society will present “Captain Phillips” at the Whallonsburg Grange hall at 1 p.m

Agricultural census work | Essex Column

It’s been quite a winter for the town road crew, with endless cold and occasional rain storms that keep the highways coated with ice.

Imperturbable Percheron draft horses | Essex Column

Beginning this Saturday and running through March the Whallonsburg Grange hosts a “Play Gym” for kids under five.

What is true steam? | Essex Column

A snow shoe expedition on the southern flanks of Pokomoonshine Mountain will take place this Saturday morning to study animal tracks

New Health tai chi classes | Essex Column

The ice storm of last week deposited a nice even sheet over the landscape and adorned the trees.

New manager at the transfer station | Essex Column

This week’s column had to be turned in early, so Ginny and I made our usual Sunday morning town reconnaissance on Thursday afternoon.

The pink Belt of Venus | Essex Column

It’s time to vote on your favorite pictures in the CATS photo contest.

Open house at the Whallonsburg Grange | Essex Column

This Sunday afternoon there will be an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange to benefit the food pantries of Willsboro, Westport and Elizabethtown.

Craft fair at the Grange | Essex Column

This Saturday’s movie from the film society is “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of rock and roll back-up singers.

Thanksgiving Travel | Essex Column

This week finds me on the road, heading for Texas by way of coastal Alabama.

Virginia-based folk duo the Honey Dewdrops perform | Essex Column

This Saturday night’s movie is “What Maisie Knew,” a drama from 2012 that’s a modern take on a novel by Henry James.

Talk on the Affordable Care Act | Essex Column

The final lecture in the Grange Hall’s Lyceum series on the American Civil War will be delivered on Tuesday, Nov. 19, by Whallonsburg’s own Andy Buchanan.

Essex Column

The Essex Community Fund recently awarded a grant to the Belden Noble Library to make improvements to the front of the library building.

Essex Column

This Friday evening, Nov. 1, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host musicians Jay Fiegl, the Wannabees, the Barn Burners and the Wadhams Waddlers for an evening of ballads to mark the Day of the Dead.

Essex Column

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir concert at the Essex Community Church this Friday, Oct. 25, will regrettably not feature the whole choir of 60 some odd members and their band as advertised by me, but a smaller group of 20 singers.

Essex Column

Thursday, Sept. 24, the League of Women Voters will hold a forum at the Essex Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. so you can meet the candidates running for town supervisor.

Essex Column

An astute reader corrected my information on the STAR property tax reduction program.

Essex Column

The town is looking for someone to manage the trash transfer site.

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.

Essex Column

The trees are starting to change color, in response to shorter days and cooler temperatures.

Essex Column

This Saturday evening, the film society will show a documentary on the giant screen at the Whallonsburg Grange called “Brooklyn Castle,” about a group of kids from a poor inner-city school who become champions at the game of chess.

Essex Column

The Grange Harvest Festival is this Sunday, Sept. 8, with food, music, fire truck fountains, games and cider making.

Essex Column

The local American Legion post is looking for new members.

Essex Column

The art association’s last show of the season opens this Friday, Aug. 23, with a reception at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.

Essex Column

CATS, the hill and dale trail builders, are holding their second photography contest.

Essex Column

The town board wants to hear your thoughts on whether the town should put the question of how to go about assessing property values on the ballot this November.

Essex Column

The town hall has new hours. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except for the lunch hour from noon to one.

Essex Column

Colin Ducolon, a long time summer resident, recently took it upon himself to spruce up the garden behind the town hall.

Essex Column

Next Tuesday, July 9, the Essex Town Board will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. at the town hall to discuss the hamlet water project.

Essex Column

The art association’s second show opens this Friday evening, with a wine and cheese party which goes from 5 pm to 8 p.m.

Essex Column

Downtown Essex looks pretty spiffy with all the freshly planted flower barrels, thanks to the Essex Beautification Committee.

Essex Column

The Goff Brothers of Plattsburgh will present a benefit concert this Friday evening, June 14, at the Essex Community Church.

Essex Column

The spring barn dance at Black Kettle Farm will be this Saturday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. with the traditional chili dinner, which is still only $5.

Essex Column

This Friday evening, the Adirondack Art Association will have an opening party to celebrate the first show of the year.

Essex Column

The film society’s last film of the season will be shown this Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange.

Essex Column

The Adirondack Art Association’s first show of the year opens on May 31 at the gallery in the former firehouse in the heart of downtown Essex.

Essex Column

The CATS photography contest winds up May 15, so get your camera or smart phone or whatever technology you prefer, and hit the trails.

Essex Column

The Town of Essex won an award at the recent Adirondack Park Local Government conference in Lake Placid.

Essex Column

The Oscar winning film “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day Lewis will be shown this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange at 8.

Essex Column

Last week Ginny and I found ourselves on the road between E’town and Westport, and decided to drop in to see the new SPCA shelter.

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