I haven't been up in the hills since the leaves started to turn, but I imagine we're approaching or even just past peak foliage in the higher elevations. Meanwhile, things are starting to crisp up a little down here in the Champlain Valley (though usually it's somewhat dryer as part of that process!). The furnace hasn't been on yet, but my little space heater has offered its cocoon of comfort once or twice already. And I'm starting to think about the wood stove, so I've got to get off my butt and clean out the stove pipe, which I always seem to put off until the last moment.
It's that time of year again, and that means it's time for a reminder about the Westport Fuel Fund, which is a special fund set up to help Westport residents with the high cost of winter heat. It doesn't replace HEAP, the Home Energy Assistance Program, so if you already get help from HEAP the Westport Fuel Fund can supplement that assistance. How's that for good news? It's also available to those whose income is too high to qualify for HEAP, so it's a broader-based source of financial assistance. For information on how to apply, call 873-3695 and ask for the Community Heating Assistance Program.
The Westport Fuel Fund is a truly outstanding community initiative, home-grown and grass-roots. It's supported entirely by private contributions from individuals and businesses, and it's available only to Westport residents. The money is in the trustworthy hands of ACT, the Adirondack Community Trust, which handles the funds of many of the leading non-profits in the North Country. The program is administered by Essex County through HEAP, acting on the Fuel Fund's behalf.
Next up in my lecture series at the Whallonsburg Grange, we’ll explore the history behind the greatest detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes. He's an incredible thinking machine with almost superhuman physical strength. He dazzles with his feats of deduction and his in-depth knowledge of cigar ash. And he embodies all of the his era's fantasies—and insecurities—about manhood. That's Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The game's afoot, Watson.