This morning a small flock of male bluebirds was in our back yard, splashing in the driveway puddles and feeding on insects in the lawn. Bluebirds conceal themselves in low trees and swoop down on unsuspecting bugs, and then retreat back to their hiding places. The males are already looking for nesting spots for next year, and big lawns, however wasteful of resources and imitative of European excess, are their preferred spots.
This Saturday night the film “Win Win” will be shown at 8 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange. This is another great movie presented by the film society.
Another reminder that Brenda Buchanan, an expert on the history of gunpowder, will give a talk on Oct. 6 at the grange at 7:30 p.m. that traces gunpowder from ancient China to the Champlain Valley. Ms. Buchanan is the mother of Whallonsburg’s own Andy Buchanan, himself a historian of some renown.
I stopped in at the Belden Noble Library to meet the new director, Tom Mangano. Mangano is pronounced man-gonno, although in Italy it’s a more lyrical man-gan-o. Tom is not fussy about this. He and his wife bought a house on Couchey Hill a few years ago, and are gradually escaping from the Albany area. Tom worked as a technical editor for General Electric and earned a degree in library science in his part time. He’s eager to get started on the automation project, which will get the collection listed in the system computer, and all books will be equipped with bar codes for easy check out and sharing with other libraries. Tom has copies of the books Colin Wells is discussing in his Tuesday lecture series and is planning to integrate the library with other community activities. The library is now on its winter hours, which are Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tom will be there Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with volunteers handling Tuesdays. The library has a new website, essexlibrary.org, and if you are interested in getting on the email distribution list, let Tom know by writing to email@example.com.