Greetings! Big week in the area this weekend. For starters, on Saturday, we have the Wilmington Get Together Parade starting at 1 pm. The parade will line up at the drag strip in the park and head down route 86 towards the former Steinhoff’s property. We are very fortunate to have the Essex County Sheriff’s Department leading the parade as we kick up our yearly community event. Special thanks to Haselton Lumber for the donation of the company’s flatbed truck for our parade judges. 

Remember the 9th Annual Get-Together picnic will kick off at the Town beach at 3 pm on the same day. The committee is providing Free Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Soda, Water & Kids Drinks. Feel free to bring your favorite dish to share. It is suggested to bring a Lawn Chair. Music entertainment will kick off at 3 pm with Vince DuBois. Followed by Gwen Tracy from 4 to 8 pm. A Bounce House will be available during the event for the younger crowd. Face Painting will once again highlight the day for children as well. Should anyone have any questions, feel free to contact Sadie Hozley at 518-586-1775 

As I stated last week, the Essex County fair is now in full swing through Sunday August 20th in Westport. I had the honor to participate in the opening ceremonies with fellow Town Supervisors and members of the Essex County Ag Society. The Fair is off to a great start. 

I wanted to make sure residents in Wilmington were aware of financial assistance for Day Care. Essex County Department of Social Services and Adirondack Community Action Program, Inc are partnering to help make a difference for parents and providers. Income guidelines start at $54,930 for a family of two and go up. The application process is simple from start to finish. There is also no waiting list at this time. For more information please call (518) 873-3431 or (518) 873-3207 also, as always, feel free to reach out to my office as well. 

Our State Senator Dan Stec is conducting a survey on Cellular Service in the Adirondacks. As most of us realize, service is unreliable and lacking. That being stated, participating in surveys like the one Senator Stec is conducting does help in continuing the attention to the issue. I would urge everyone to take the time to go to 

As we hit the middle of August, the slow signs of fall being around the corner start to be apparent. Also this time of year is when many of our local students are preparing to head off to college. As a community, we wish them only the best in their academic pursuits. 

Finally, I attended an informational session in Saranac Lake last Friday on the $4.2 Billion Environmental Bond act that was approved by New York State voters last fall. The session featured a host of state representatives that explained how the bond funds would be used and potential projects. Grant opportunities do exist for our area and we should look for all possibilities that may help with our own Lake Everest, Au Sable River or energy saving infrastructure. 

Well friends, that’s all for this week. See you around town. – Roy Holzer