Word has been received that some of our residents who try to escape to warmer climates are reporting much colder weather than they usually get to enjoy. North Country people seem to take it all in stride and kind of have a chuckle as we hear from those down south. A reminder that winter weather still offers us plenty of fun things to enjoy.
Don't forget the Jr. Olympics Benefit for Sarah Looby and Charlotte Staats on Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. It's at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, where parking will be free that night. It's only $3 to hear Rutabaga, the Blues and pop group, and rock band Alkatraz. Both groups hail from Westport. They need to raise about $1,500, so even if you can't come and stay, how about coming and leaving a tax-deductible donation? Can't come but want to donate? Call me at 963-8782. Can't call? Send donation to Jr. Olympics Fund at 839 Walker Rd, Essex NY, 12936.
At a recent DNC meeting, a lively discussion took place about the meaning of the words "Essex Native," "Essex Local" and a "Newcomer" (note that newcomers don't rate the word Essex). Fortunately, I was there, and with my Data Processing Rating on the Watkins Critical thinking Test of 92%, I was able to immediately define the words. Now, the dictionary says a native is anyone born or reared in a particular place, but everyone knows that is just a definition prepared by a person, or persons, who was, or were, not born in a particular place. I asked Carl Pierce once about someone being born in Essex being called an "Essex Native." He said"That's foolish! If a dog has puppies in a car, does that make the puppies a car?"
A "Native" is any person who can trace ancestry back to or before 1805 and up to 1905, the town's 100th anniversary. A "Local" can trace back between 1905 and up to 1945, the end of the war to end all wars. Both groups have to be born and lived in Essex. That's a lot of qualifications for anyone to meet. Everyone else is a "newcomer."
On the new Town Board, Clair and Mark are "newcomers with prestige" because, while their families hail back to the "local" period, they don't come from "around here." Clair comes from Willsboro and Mark from Westport. As for me, I am a "newcomer" with a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of prestige (that's the amount that fills a humming bird's belly button) because I married a "native." Steve is the only "native" on the Town Board. In some minds, because Steve doesn't live in the Essex Hamlet, his ranking is suspect.
Next week the "Bordeaux Classification" for social rank will be discussed at the DNC and reported in this column.