Chilly nights have arrived and the first frost appeared in the valley on Sept. 17, shriveling leaves and flowers. Gardens higher up on the hillsides were saved from frost, but not for long. Its time to pick your winter squash and bring in the last tomatoes before the frost ruins them. Some maples have already turned red and a flock of ducks flying south took a rest on the waters of Deep Hollow pond. The first day of autumn was Friday, Sept. 23, and the smell of wood smoke is already in the air.
Local sportsmen had a chance for a health check up before hitting the woods. The annual Hunters’ Health Screening took place at Elizabethtown Hospital last week. Jane Hooper, Hospital spokesperson, wanted to make sure hunters of all ages, were healthy before the start of hunting season. Hauling heavy gear or dragging a big trophy buck out of the woods is strenuous work.
If you missed the chance for a checkup, there’s still an opportunity. You can have your blood pressure taken at the Red Cross Blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.
Our local Cobble Hill Red Hat ladies were invited last week to join Red Hatters from Westport, Essex and Willsboro for lunch at the newly remodeled Essex Inn. The meal was delicious and the remodeled Inn is definitely worth a visit.
Our neighbors in Lewis are holding a big auction on Saturday, Oct. 1 to raise money for the Bicentennial of the Lewis Congregational Church. If you like antiques and collectibles, check it out.
The Annual Country Fair will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Friday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baked goods, handcrafted items, local fruits and honey will be for sale. Have some coffee, cider and fresh donuts while you’re there. This is a great place to start your holiday shopping.
Autumn road clean up will be happening in the coming weeks. Give a wave to the Kiwanians who will be picking up trash along the road to Westport, or the New Russian volunteers cleaning Route 9 in the South Valley.