This past weekend we welcomed over 25 volunteers to help clean and spruce up Douglas Park at the Covered Bridge in the Town of Jay.  We were able to weed the perennial gardens, sidewalks and courts.  We added new cedar mulch in all of the gardens.  I would like to thank the Parks Committee, DPW Director Kevin Lincoln, and Parks employee Paul Benway for working on a Saturday to make our town look amazing.   Also a huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Au Sable Valley for providing refreshments for the event.  Attached is a picture of the volunteers hard at work!

We held a 4th of July/225th Anniversary meeting this past week.  Things are shaping up nicely for this to be a huge event.  With that said, we are in need of volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers to help in booths, run bounce houses, and to set up and clean-up the event.  We will soon be soliciting funding to help offset the cost of the fireworks which will be done by Coyote Fireworks.  If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please reach out to my office at 518-647-2204 or email

Lastly, I was able to take a tour of the Essex County Fish Hatchery today with a few other Essex County Supervisors, County Manager Mike Mascarenas, Essex County DPW Director Jim Dougan and Supervising Fish Hatchery Technician Chris Barber.  We were able to see the improvements to the water intake system, buildings and tanks.  This is an operation that Essex County was handed by the state after 50 years of operation.  Now we must maintain this aging facility with only county funds.  The fish hatchery is a very valuable resource, as fishing is a huge part of our economy in Essex County.  This fish hatchery stocks over 40,000 trout (Brook, Brown and Rainbow) in each of the 18 towns in the county.  As we continue to improve this hidden gem of Essex County, we would like to take advantage of some of the educational opportunities this place offers.

Have a great week,