This Saturday night at 7 p.m. the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will be rocking and rolling with seasonal music. All sorts of local musicians will be there to entertain us, including Reber’s very own singing scientist, the fleet of foot Jay Fiegl. Jay teaches science at Westport Central and is a successful competitor in running races, as well as an accomplished musician.
The North Country SPCA has a special deal this month only: free adoption of a cat. Check out their website at ncspca.org to read about this offer and other goings on with this fine organization.
Although I’m poaching a bit on my neighbor’s turf, local author and Valley News columnist Colin Wells is giving a talk on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Wadhams Free Library titled “How the Alphabet Changed Everything.” Colin’s been researching a new book and in this talk he describes some of his findings. It starts at 7:30 p.m.
On Dec. 15, a Saturday, the winners of the CATS writing contest and Bill Amadon painting raffle will be announced. CATS is the Champlain Area Trail Society and the announcements will be made at the start of a short hike on their newest trail. Meet at the old Mormon Church parking lot south of Westport at 1 p.m.
I was talking the other day with Scott Hayes, Essex’s animal control officer, and he had an idea I like a lot: gather photos of local dogs and create a calendar. It would have to be for 2014 and would probably be limited to officially registered Essex dogs, but there could be dogs sunning themselves at Begg’s Park, dogs reading their mail at the post office and dogs on South Boquet Mountain taking in the panorama. Please let me know what you think.
This past weekend Amy and I took advantage of the mild weather and put some lights on a few trees around the house. This is a project couples undertake at their peril, since it involves tippy step ladders, tangled strings of bulbs and differing views on what looks right. I decided to let her take the lead, so I steadied the ladder, untangled the strings and offered my thoughts only when asked. Domestic tranquility reigned and to validate my congenial behavior, we had a brief rain shower followed by a spectacular rainbow that arched high over Reber in front of deep purple clouds.