The Beautification Committee has been hard at work in the hamlet, planting flowers, pulling weeds and making the place look great. Contact Maureen Ecclesine or Meredith Hanna if you are interested in helping with this effort. Maureen would like to extend a special thanks to the crew that waters the barrels of flowers: Brad Beers, Harry LaPine and Jan Smith.
The Adirondack Art Association Gallery is open for the summer and could also use some volunteers. Check in with the new gallery director, Michelle Danforth, to offer your assistance.
There's still time to enroll children in the summer youth program, which this year will run from July 6 to August 13. Lots of activities are planned, like trips to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the ECHO Center in Burlington, as well as sports and movies. Call the town hall if you're interested.
The Essex Farmers Market will be operating again this summer on Sundays, starting at 10 a.m. on the green behind the town hall. The market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables along with excellent cheeses and meats.
There will be a public information meeting on the hamlet sewer project June 8, at the town hall at 6 p.m. Jim Dougan, the construction manager from the engineering firm, will be there to answer questions.
Residents on Leaning Road were at the last town board meeting to express an interest in lowering the speed limit, which is currently 55. The road is rather narrow, with deep ditches in sections, and has a pre-school, houses right on the road and lots of farming. Let the town board know if you believe a lower speed limit would be more suitable; I certainly think so.