There are still a lot of boats in McNeil's Cove, though a few were pulled yesterday. Yesterday's dead calm was perfect for kayaking but not so good for sailing. Let's all get down to the water one more time before the snow flies.
There have been a lot of monarch butterflies around town this week, enjoying the perfect fall weather. According to Wikipedia, the one pictured here is a female (darker veins) and she deposits her eggs as she migrates south. I also learned that the name came from Samuel H. Scudderin 1874 because "it is one of the largest of our butterflies, and rules a vast domain." Although it might also be named in honour of King William, Prince of Orange. Either way, it's a favorite sign of the season.
This was taken late this afternoon. A woman passing by on her bike stopped to contemplate the flags planted in front of the Charlotte Congregational Church for the International Day of Peace. Four thousand flags were placed in honor of soldiers who have died in Iraq.
Took a bike ride on Saturday with a friend and noticed lots of things for sale (or free) beside the road, including sweet corn, zucchinis, tomatoes, windows and these free lilacs offered on Greenbush Road south of the four corners. Now if I could only attach one to my bike!
Coming to a tree near you! Brightly colored leaves! Yes, it's begun, as shown in this pic taken Tuesday. The smaller maples are turning red, the willows are more yellow. Nights are sharply cooler although no frost in my area yet. Today is another perfect fall day - sunny and warm - so get outside and enjoy!
Here's a pic from last night's Selectboard meeting, which was partly a hearing to talk about making changes to Land Use Regulations that would allow retail use on the corner that is now the Citgo service station and Uncle Sam's creemee stand. In this photo, Selectboard member Winslow Ladue points out current setbacks on a sketch furnished by Jerry Farnsworth, with assistance by audience member Martha Perkins. We should all take some time to think about what we'd like that corner to look like and what's best for the town. We will have a chance to vote on whether we want the changes or not, probably on the November election day.
Here are Phyl Lary and Beth Merritt, aka the Best Proofreaders/Copy Editors Ever, finishing up the last issue. With great good humor and precision, they peruse everything that goes in the paper and bring a lot of laughs to the final long production day. They're a wonderful addition to our team and we don't thank them enough.