A big group of kids and adults from the Essex United Methodist Church recently gathered to pack shoe boxes with toys and other goodies to give away to needy children. Last year this group donated 123 boxes of gifts; this year they easily bettered that record with nearly 140 boxes. Leading this year’s effort were Cathy Phillips, Peggy Staats and Peggy Hunn.
Tom Mangano of the Belden Noble Library announced a silent auction of a large assortment of wonderful donated items, with all proceeds going to the library. There are lots of books and gift baskets on offer, and all are on display right now at the library for your perusal and bid. The auction closes on the afternoon of Dec. 1.
The Champlain Area Trail Society’s writing contest is now open for voting. Just go to their website, read the stories and cast a ballot. You can also check out the extensive trail map, with descriptions of each trail’s difficulty and views. It’s becoming quite an extensive network, and provides lots of opportunities for some exercise. While you’re at their site, check out the Bill Amadon painting they are raffling off. It shows a portion of the trail in summer with Coon Mountain in the distance, done in a nearly photo-realistic style. Bill is a CATS board member and accomplished painter whose work I’ve enjoyed watching evolve over the course of many years.
If you find yourself in downtown Essex, stop by the town hall and say hello to Audrey Hoskins, our new town clerk. Luckily for the town, Audrey came out of a quiet retirement in bucolic Whallonsburg to take on this job. My dog Ginny is very fond of Audrey and hopes Audrey has a box of yummy dog cookies on hand to offer her canine visitors (hint, hint).
Ginny is spending Thanksgiving in Reber with her friends Dennis and Bahta while we’re in sunny Austin, Texas. My children are fine cooks, and I’m more than delighted to let them take over the planning and execution of our Thanksgiving dinner. All I have to do is provide a bit of financial backing, trim the brussel sprouts and stay out of the kitchen.