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NEWS FROM W'TON: Some info on water rates

April 7, 2011
LORA BUSHY
Hello everybody, here are some of the things happening in and around Wilmington.

 

If your vehicle weighs more than 6 tons all town roads will be closed to you through May 15. This is due to the spring breakup of our highways. With all the talk of potholes and the like, we surely do have a great road crew. Thank you all.

 

Here’s one more sign of spring — the Riverside Thrift Shop has cleared out its fall and winter clothing, belts and shoes and has made the transformation to spring and summer duds. On Monday, March 28 there was quite the gang assembled at the shop ready to take on the enormous task of culling the old and hanging the new.

Speaking of spring, winter and other seasons we either love or endure, the Wilmington Historical Society’s next open discussion will focus on “Wilmington Weather Events.” The Society’s monthly meeting will take place on the first Wednesday of the month, April 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Community Center. How many of us remember the Big Blow Down back in the 1950s? or the Ice Storm of ‘98. Then there is always my worst nightmare weather event: the Year With No Summer. Let’s go to this meeting and see how many each of us can think of.

 

Heading toward Easter, Sunday School classes at the Whiteface Community United Methodist Church are learning about the hardships that early Christians had to endure when worshipping. To be able to identify fellow believers, displaying a fish symbol was common practice. To show this tradition in a more savory way, the teenagers Joellen and Kimberly Quilla and teacher, Jean Wyman created, decorated, baked and ate a fish-shaped pizza. It was a great way to reinforce the concept of using a fish, and also a delicious way to remind them of earlier days.

Coming soon to the Methodist Church will be the Vacation Bible School curriculum using the “Shake It Up Cafe” program later this summer.

 

“Think globally, act locally” this is the basis of an upcoming gathering of like-minded citizens who will, when assembled, hopefully come up with suggestions, maybe even solutions, to the threats that our recent recession has made us face.

As voiced by Fred Balzac, an organizer of this event, rising food and gas prices are causing much consternation in our families and communities. He would like to have anyone who is interested in attending, bring their concerns and ideas. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Adirondack Democracy, the meeting will be held at the Wells Memorial Library on Route 9N in Upper Jay, on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

Community involvement is nothing new for Balzac. He has been engaged with the community art scene in Jay, through the JEMS group, as well as more widely scattered Essex County music and arts venues. He is also a founding member of the Progressive Coalition of Northern New York.

Balzac said he is also concerned about the lack of participation by townspeople at both local and county government meetings. He does however favor the concept of “Buy Local” both in his own life as well as using that platform in a recent political run for office. He would like to have people ask themselves, when thinking about rising prices everywhere, “What are we going to do about it?”

        

What is that old saying? You learn something new every day. Well, Tuesday night up at Ward Lumber. Terry Cushing, a rep from Poulin Grain company, gave a talk about poultry; you know... chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys. Thus, the title of the evening, “Poultry Night” was quite apropos.      

Cushing told the folks that he learned about raising chickens, as well as other farm animals, when he was growing up. Being one of nine children, there was never a dearth of chores to be done, animals or people to be fed. Thus the life cycle of meat animals was learned early. But most, if not all, his practices are rooted in about 50 years of practical, hands-on learning.

Cushing touched on topics of poultry raising, such as brooder tanks, temperatures, feeding and watering, housing and disinfecting to name a few. He was very emphatic about being prepared at all stages of raising chicks, from where, when and how to obtain the eggs to the butchering of the grown bird.

There were more than 40 people who attended Cushing’s presentation.

 

When the new rates for water usage came out a while back for Wilmington households, I couldn’t quite imagine what 5,000 gallons or 20,000 gallons look like. That is basically how the water rate is figured; by how much water you use. There is a flat fee for so many gallons, then any usage over and above that basic number, we will be charged for depending on how much more we use.

I decided to ask our Town Water Commissioner Eddy Orsi, how to see this amount of water. He gave me some very easy-to-understand estimated examples of how much water is used for some basic household chores.

“It takes about 20 gallons of water to fill a normal size tub,” he said, “with an old-fashioned claw-foot type easily doubling that amount.”

He then told me to imagine a 5-gallon pail.

“Now, figure out how many of these 5 gallons pails could you fit into a normal size tub?” That brought the picture a lot more clearly into mind.  

Orsi added, “The average toilet uses about 1.3 gallons of water per flush.” Getting a low flow unit would be a good investment. Also, making sure that there are no leaks in any of the house faucets, or making sure that the toilet tank shuts off when filled. All good ideas; thank you, Eddy.



And in closing, a happy belated birthday to one of my bosses, Pastor Joyce Bryson who celebrated her 39th (what, again?) on March 28.

 

Thank you for reading this column and, as Red Skelton used to say, “May God Bless.”
 
 

 

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