The weather has been wild to say the least. After a storm last week that interrupted boat service for two days we were caught up in a sneaky storm that was far worse. It was called a bomb cyclone with some rain but the wind was vicious for the better part of two days gusting near 70 mph at one time, flooding downtown and leading to another loss of boat service for a day and a half. Tree limbs fell, power outage was extensive everywhere. Then we had about as much time to put down a few storm windows and doors before Old Jack Frost paid us a brief visit Sunday morning. He vowed to be back real soon.

Leaves, what is left of them, are nearly at the peak of color. All is ready in most homes for the trick or treaters on Thursday.

Thursday night we will celebrate Halloween. Its origin comes from an ancient Celtic festival that is at least 2000 years old. The American tradition of trick or treat dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. Poor people would beg for food and were given pastries called soul cakes. By the 1920’s Halloween had become a community holiday with parades and town-wide parties. Today we spend an estimated seven billion dollars on the occasion annually making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.

The town will host its annual Halloween party at the Agricultural Hall from 6 till 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be spooky rides,costume ribbons and a lot more.

Dr. Jay Segel and his wife Celine returned home last week from a trip to Arizona that was both business and pleasure. The purpose was for the good doctor to give lectures for Noraxon bio medical systems. They also visited Sedona and liked it.

Harry Athearn reports that the annual antique engine display will be held Saturday at the Agricultural Hall barn along with the harvest festival beginning at 10 a.m.

Andy Herr and Dean Rosenthal will stage another performance of Stones/Water/Time/Breath at Lambert’s Cove on Sunday. Meet at the Lambert’s Cove Parking lot at 4:30 p.m.

Recently married Olivia Gately, over at the library, reports that Saturday at 3 p.m. cellists Andres Vera and Matthew Linaman will perform, presented by the chamber music society. And on Monday at 7 p.m. head to the Grange Hall for a stargazing event with Mark Alan Lovewell. On Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the library hosts its annual Halloween Party.

Happy birthday to Doreen Rezendes, Sarah Mayhew, Hunter Moorman and Carol Koury today; Sarah Bergeron, Sid Counsell, Maureen Fischer and Amy Lawry tomorrow; Chrysal Parrot, Pat Rossi and Lawrence Weber on Sunday; Brian Alwardt and Travis Wood on Monday; Dave Christensen, Fran Finnigan, and Paul Wells on Tuesday; Patricia Szucs, John Adams, and Lisa Epstein on Wednesday; Marjorie Dolan and Laura Enter on Thursday.

Belated birthday greetings to Stephanie Fesko and Sandy Hill.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news please call or email me.

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