I got a friendly note from a reader who would like more information about local events in this column. She correctly points out that not everyone is blessed with the Internet or receives cable, but the Valley News gets to every household in town. We don’t get cable here in Reber, but we do have the Internet, albeit a painfully slow Internet. Please email me with your events and I will be sure to put them in the paper. Having said that, I owe an apology to Norma Goff for overlooking her email about a sale at the community church. I was using my son’s iPad last week, and clearly I should stick to my simple but reliable old Dell.
An excellent movie is playing Saturday at the Whallonsburg Grange. It’s called “Buck,” and it’s about a real man who trains horses (and their owners) using his unusual communication abilities. This won a Best Documentary award at Sundance, and starts at 8 p.m.
Coming up at the town hall on the Oct. 17, is a Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing, at 7:30 p.m. On Oct. 25, there will be a town budget workshop at 3 p.m., and on Nov. 10 there will be a public hearing on the preliminary town budget at 6 p.m.
I’m just back from a week in Amsterdam, where we stayed on a houseboat and got around on foot. The streets there are narrow, jammed with bicycles and seem to be thoroughly unregulated. Bicyclists scorn helmets, even for infants and children, there are no barriers along the canals, and pedestrians are at the bottom of the food chain. Once you get the rhythm of traffic, the anarchic system works efficiently and the city is small enough to walk most everywhere. By chance, we discovered a rich merchant’s house from the 1660s, now a museum, that contains a secret church in the attic. The merchant was Roman Catholic, and by law was not allowed to practice his faith. He quietly built a church in the top floors of his house with a pipe organ, an altar, a steep and separate stair case for congregants and seating for 150. The authorities, with typical Dutch tolerance and pragmatism, looked the other way and the church is still in use, 350 years later.