In downtown Essex, the contractor is connecting houses and businesses to the sewer lines, and the treatment plant is operating. I hope there will be an open house this fall so the public can see the plant up close, and before you dismiss this suggestion, let me assure you this particular treatment system creates very little odor. Now that the sewer problems are solved, the next big project will be to improve the source of the hamlet’s drinking water. Drilled wells are the way to go, even though there’s a great big lake right there. Lake water requires a lot of expensive filtering, while water from deep underground is usually quite pure, much cheaper to process, less subject to outside regulation and better tasting.
For you movie buffs, the film society kicks off their fall season with “Jane Eyre” which will be shown at the Whallonsburg Grange this Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Admission is only $5 for adults.
The Adirondack Art Association has gone to their fall schedule and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Columbus Day.
The Valley News’ very fine Westport correspondent, Colin Wells, is presenting a series of seven lectures on seven great novels at the Whallonsburg Grange. The series starts Tuesday Sept. 20, and each talk begins at 7:30 p.m. I couldn’t locate the titles of the books to be discussed, but perhaps Colin himself will let you know in his column.
The North Country SPCA is holding a golf tournament on October 7 at the Westport Country Club to raise funds for the new shelter. Ginny, being mostly border collie, has no fetching instincts and disdains any games involving balls, but in this case she would urge you sign up for this excellent cause.
Although the misery caused by Irene is mostly gone, the Boquet damaged or destroyed several houses in and near Whallonsburg. I’ve gotten several emails from readers listing all sorts of groups and individuals to whom our town is indebted for their service during and after the storm. Most of these people are very modest and would rather not see their names in print, so I would suggest that if you feel particularly grateful, let that person or group know with a hand written note, or a plate of brownies, or a nice donation.