Extreme weather conditions across our country dominated the headlines, but not so for the North Country. We only got a dusting and much of our snow is gone, the Boquet River has an open channel of running water.
We have many distressed citizens that got the news this week of the Ferry closing at the Essex to Charlotte run for the remainder of the winter. This really now causes a hardship for many that use it on a regular basis. Here too, the Lake is not frozen over.
Those of you that are away for the winter will notice some changes in our downtown area on your return. The old Crowingshield house on Main Street is really taking on a new look, the present owner has a crew of workers there tearing off the old and putting on many changes, really improving the look of the downtown area. The Heritage Museum now has a very visual tourist sign posted right under the Fish Ladder sign to encourage visitors to stop and view one of our local treasures. The new owners of the old Grange Hall have been continually making changes, mostly to the interior of the building. I understand they will soon be making their residence in the lower part of the building. I also heard that they may be opening a gift shop next door in the former florist shop. The other end of town is boasting a very a new look and use of the old bowling alley building, it looks great. Slowly but surely, these improvements are making it a community people will want to stop and take a closer look.
The senior class of our local school put on their play this past weekend and they once again did a great job. "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten' is not an easy play to perform, but they did a fantastic job along with a great display of some of their art work. This class will soon be going on the annual class trip for a week, I believe they are going to California.
In a small community many family names have deep roots, in the last several days three such families have experienced loss of loved ones. We learned of Earl Lee's death in Greenville, Mich., he leaves only one surving direct family member a sister Alcia now living in Florida and several relatives here in our community. We also learned of the death of Stanley Bridge from Naugatuck, he leaves a brother here in Willsboro, Robert Bridge, and two sisters here, Dorothy Jacques and Margaret Hendricks. Even though they move away we still share in their loss. The third loss was that of Ronald Strong, he died on Feb. 1 and was a well known local resident. His whole family lives in our community and are feeling a great sense of loss along with us as a community. Our sympathy is extended to all of these families.
Happy Birthday to Mary Sue Arnold 2/13, Jerilyn Jaquish 2/16, Bill Rowland 2/17, Lucy Belzile 2/17, Nancy Huestis 2/18, Jean Leonessa 2/18, Kristin Hotaling 2/19. Happy Aniversary to Sherry & Junior Mitchell 2/14, and Walt & Linda Morgan 1/14.