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May 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Posted in News from Up North

Sunday morning queue at the donut wagon

Sunday morning queue at the donut wagon on Main Street

As usual, Cambridge locals lined up for donuts at the weekend pastry wagon on Main Street (see photo above). It was a glorious Mother’s Day, and on my way to the all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet at The Red Roost restaurant on highway 22, I stopped for the local papers and thought I’d pass along some of the other breaking news.

First, there was a meeting of our Jackson Town Council recently where it was announced that a comprehensive plan for the township would soon be taken up for consideration. But one council member, leery of any significant changes to the current way of life here, suggested instead that area residents “pay a little more in taxes so we can just keep things exactly the way they are.”

At that same meeting, a Tea Party representative urged the council to pass a resolution condemning “Agenda 21.” This is the purported United Nations plan to force people out of rural areas and into the cities. “That’s not the way our Founding Fathers envisioned how our country was to be run,” said Karen Gates on behalf of the Tea Party.

Events already are unfolding in anticipation of the big, 13th annual hot air balloon festival to take place in Cambridge in early June. This includes a May 17 fundraiser hosted by the local Amorici Vineyard in Valley Falls, where $10 will buy three wine tastings and hors d’oeuves. The Slow Cook obtained one of the last tickets available.

On a more serious note, science students at Central Cambridge School are learning about plant-based energy systems in an effort to develop crops as a source of transportation fuels. Students will be growing some of these plants in the science laboratory.

Also at Cambridge Central School, an open dress rehearsal for the production of Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland will be presented to the public May 22 at 4 pm. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis and donations to the drama club would be appreciated.

The Cambridge Historical Society holds its annual plant sale May 17 and 18 on the lawn of the United Presbyterian Church.

Rotarians in nearby Salem, meanwhile, recently hosted a fundraising dinner to support water purification systems in Haiti and other Third World countries. More news from Salem: the Salem Fish and Game Club will serve a Memorial Day weekend pancake breakfast beginning at 7 am on May 26.

Also in observance of the holiday, the annual Memorial Day parade in Cambridge will commence promptly at 10 am Monday, May 27, at the corner of Academy and Main streets. Any groups or individuals wishing to march in the parade should contact Ed Fairbanks or the American Legion post. Or, just show up and “we will find you a spot.”

In government news, it was announced that Washington County logged a surprising $1.1 million surplus last month. Commenting on these developments, the county’s budget officer, Brian Campbell, warned rather ominously that “going forward, we’re going to have to go back to building roads.”

For readers of The Eagle newspaper, Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Lindsey McMahon had these important words of advice: Eat more ice cream.

This can be done at home with a few simple ingredients, as set forth in a detailed recipe for vanilla ice cream provided by the Dairy Princess herself.

Finally, congratulations to the approximately 300 community members–including Mrs. Burdick’s third grade class–who turned out May 4 for the Hoosick Falls village cleanup day.

And that’s the news this week from Up North. Please drive carefully.

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