It has been exciting to watch the Olympic Games; our country has some outstanding athletes, several of them coming from our general areas. Seeing all that snow makes our area without much of any snow look pretty bleak. The weather reports predicts snow, all we get is light showers.
After attending the Ash Wednesday service in Essex and returning home to Willsboro, all of downtown was very quiet and no one around. Conditions all changes with in a very short time, and the downtown was blocked off to traffic as we had an over abundance of Law Enforcement people filling the area responding to an incident. It seems that a couple of young people had a disagreement that ended with gun shots being fired. No one was hurt, but it did cause a big scare until they had the situation under control and one under arrest. This event sort of brought a little excitement to the downtown for a short time.
There was some talk that Rick's Place was shutting down, but Rick & Sarah put out a public announcement that this was not true; they still appreciate the local business and will, at least at this time, remain open. All restaurants in this community struggle for business during the winter months, many of them have offered specials throughout the season to keep the public interested.
The Paine Memorial Library hosted an interesting lecture program this past week with Michael Peden, as he talked about unique rock gardens. Michael is very knowledgeable on the subject and at his home on the Middle Road has a wonderful display of these kind of plantings.
The Champlain Valley Film Society is showing the movie "The Hurt Locker" on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 at the Willsboro School. This is an award winning film and a great story, nice that it can be made available locally.
The Willsboro Visitor's Center will once again be opened to the public starting the first of March. Presently the building is being used for the training of the census workers. Starting Memorial Day, the center will begin the official season to serves as a tourist information center. Janice Allen has accepted the task of being the Center's Captain; she is looking for volunteers to volunteer some time to serving there. The desire is to be open all seven day of each week during the season from 10 to 4. Each day is divided into two three-hour shifts. There will be training, and this is a great place to spend the three hours each week. If you would consider being a volunteer contact Janice at 963-8912 and discuss convenient times for you. We are in the process of setting up this summer's schedule, so please give it some serious thought, giving a valuable service to our community.
Happy Birthday: Cathy Alden 3/1, Margie Jaquish 3/3, Paul Mero 3/3, Jade Sayward 3/3, Lucas Sayward 3/5, Dorothy Hoke 3/5, Cheryle Blanchard 3/5, Michelle Barber 3/6.