Our snow is going away fast, even though the weather is rather cold so it looks like spring will be here soon. That makes me realize that it will not be long and our fair weather friends will be thinking about returning fairly soon. It also makes those that make Maple syrup that it is time to get out those sap buckets. If you are interested in making your own syrup, I noted that Poko-O-McCready and the outdoor Ed Center are celebrated January as Maple Month. They offered some workshops to help educate those interested in this subject to learn more about its production. They are doing some great educational things up there, so watch for their informative newsletters around town.
I learned this week that the Willsboro/Essex Rescue Squads have now combined their efforts into one unit to server both communities. They expressed a concern as now the drivers upon demand could come from either town, and they may not always be familiar with some of the house streets and numbers. They would find it most helpful if we would put our house numbers out on our mail boxes or near the road in some way, this would be most helpful especially for night time calls. They do a great job to serve us and time lost in finding our house could make a big difference for those in need.
I was able to attend a nice meet and greet gathering for Dan Stec, our new State Assemblyman this past Friday evening. This was held in the cafeteria of the Common Wealth building and there were county and local officials as well as several business persons in attendance. He seems eager to represent us in Albany and was open to hearing our concerns for his support in the days ahead. That is a great building for holding such events.
This last week is the mid-winter break for our school children, hard to believe that the school year is at the half way point.
It was a pleasure for me to be able to conduct the Sunday Service at the Essex Community church this last Sunday, this is such a beautiful church and they serve the community of Essex very well.
The New Beginnings group will be gathering for a supper meal at Rick's Restaurant on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. This is a group of interested widows and widowers that enjoy each other's company and a meal together; so if interested just come and join us.
Happy Birthday to: Alan Hutchins Feb. 21, Hunter Whalen Feb. 21, Alex Shephard Feb. 2/22, Jackie Wade Feb. 22, Lorena Hanna Feb. 23, John Sayward Feb. 23, Mae Mero Feb. 23, Sandy Delaney Feb. 25, Lauren Page, Feb.26, Sherman Randall Feb. 26, Lyle Mason Feb. 27, Rolland Mitchell Feb. 28, Cleo Lobdell Feb. 28. Happy Anniversary to James & Tina Hotalling Feb. 22.