It is great to see the remodeling work being done on two of our older homes here in the downtown area. The "Barton" house on Main Street will have four rental units when it is finished, according to the contractor, Dan Belzile. The "Marshall house" on Mountain View Drive is also having a great makeover by contractor Sam Blanchard and when finished it will also be a rental unit. It is wonderful to have these efforts to save some of our older homes. There also seems to be a lot of work being done at the Old Grange Hall building; this will be a big improvement to our town as well.
The vendors at the Farmers Market are now offering more and more fresh vegetables and great baked goods. It sure is a busy place on Thursday mornings. I have heard that some in our community who grow tomatoes for sale are having a rough time this year as there seems to be a blight that has taken out much of their crop. We have had the pleasure of a few nice summer days, but we still seem to get a rainy day tucked in between the good days.
Lucky last Saturday was a wonderful day for the Down Town Essex Day. I was at the Visitors Center all day and we had a steady stream of visitors stopping in. There were many bikers, both peddle and motorcycles, traveling the North Country because it was so nice out. Everyone that came in was so praising of our center. As a community we should be very proud that we have made this available.
The Ecumenical Vacation Bible School will be coming up soon. It will be held at the Willsboro United Methodist Church the week of Aug. 17 to 21 daily from 9 a.m. to noon. This is open to all interested children from Kindergarten to 6th grade. If you have a child interested you can register through your local church, or call 963 4048 and leave a message. They are also looking for adults and teens to assist with the program, hereto contact your pastor or call that same number
Lisa Boardman and her daughter Amie have spent a few days visiting her Mom, Bev Sodaro in Vermont. I understand that Bev is able to be at home with the assistance of family care, we send our greeting to her. I finally got to see Tim Teft on a recent visit to town. Tim is a loyal PoKo alumni and returns often. Hazel & Bart Ryder are also here from California and at their summer home on Willsboro Point. Sandy Oliver Tennian from Florida is also at the camp for a couple of weeks.
Happy Birthday: I missed Glenn Sayward 8/9. Brad Paye 8/13, Bradley Ball 8/13, Marion Cioppa 8/13, Jonathan Hubbard 8/14, Gary Stoker 8/15, Terry Ball 8/17, Vaughn Jaquish 8/17. Happy Anniversary to Mike & Chris McCauliffe 8/16.