A reader with sharp eyes recently took me to task for wrongly spelling the name of the local river as “Bouquet.” The proper spelling is with one u, Boquet, and has been since a decision nearly twenty years ago by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. I should have known better and appreciate the reader’s tactful correction and his sense of etiquette. If a problem can be cured, like a piece of spinach stuck to teeth, mention it, but if it can’t be easily resolved, like a split in someone’s pants, leave it be.
This Saturday, Aug. 27, there will be a sale at the Whallonsburg Grange to benefit the North Country SPCA. As you probably know, the shelter in Westport is small and obsolete, and a new shelter is in the planning stages. This is the only animal shelter in Essex County, and a no-kill shelter at that which handles over 400 animals a year. The merchandise to be sold on Saturday is all high-quality, with the promise of no rummage or junk. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with early bird admission of $20 from 9 to 10 a.m. Admission is free for the rest of the day, and at 3 p.m., prices are slashed in half. Ginny herself is a shelter dog and would recommend your unrestrained participation in the sale.
The Champlain Valley Film Society announced their fall line up recently, with “Jane Eyre” kicking off an excellent series on Sept. 17 at the Whallonsburg Grange. Their website has information on all the upcoming movies.
The other day I saw a huge bird lifting off from the lake with a fish in its grasp. It was clearly not an osprey, which would be the first suspect, because it lacked the osprey’s angled wings. I’m guessing a bald eagle, although another observer thought it was a golden eagle. Either way, owners of small dogs should be cautious if a large shadow falls on your yard. And the enterprising birds who nested downtown in the cantilevered tube with the flashing red lights over Main Street have moved on. I watched them most of the summer, going in and out of a round hole on the underside of the tube.