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July 16, 2021

Around 100 residents packed into the Lewisboro Library on Monday evening to attend to the business of the town board. It was standing room only while residents took turns voicing their opinions on cannabis dispensaries and lounges. There was a wide range of opinion and experience on the subject. Some people presented facts and others laid bare their emotions and experiences. What was apparent was the high level of respect those speaking and listening had for each other, even those with different opinions. The organizers for the recent Juneteenth and Pride in the Park events were honored by town proclamations thanking them for their dedication and service. Town officials pivoted between many subjects including the Oak Ridge water supply and the Lewisboro highway superintendent position. So many important issues come before the town board that are discussed and decided upon every two weeks. I encourage everyone to come speak and hear your fellow residents. The next town board meeting will be held Monday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The next Lewisboro Evening in the Park celebration is set for Friday, Aug. 6, from 7  to 9:30 p.m., supporting the Lewisboro Playground Project. The fundraising event features food trucks, activities, music and good times. For more information on the project, including how to help as a sponsor or supporter, visit lewisboroplayground.com.

Did you know that the band Blue Oyster Cult has a Lewisboro connection? The cover photo from the band’s 1975 album “On Your Feet or on Your Knees” features a wide-angle photo of St Paul’s chapel on Route 123 in Vista. The band is best known for the song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” which has become well known again thanks to the “more cowbell” sketch featuring Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken on Saturday Night Live. The band members, despite being from nearby Long Island, had never laid eyes on the historic landmark chapel that graced their album until last month. Founding band members and brothers Joe and Albert Bouchard were invited by the congregation to visit the chapel. During their June 11 visit, they were interviewed for Metal Voice magazine. The band members were also treated to a full tour and got to learn about the history of the chapel. Highlights include an enormous 1,200-pound bronze bell, which was gifted to the parish by the famously corrupt political leader, Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall, and stunning historic stained-glass windows, which were restored in 2006.

Lewisboro Library Fair 2021 is set for Saturday, Sept. 18. The Library Fair is the largest community event in Lewisboro, attended by thousands of town residents and many people from surrounding towns. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Onatru Farm. The event is also the library’s biggest fundraiser. The fair will feature kids games, live music, a car show, food trucks and booths, a beer garden, and shopping at the book sale, attic treasures and vendor booths. Donations of books and items for the attic treasures sale are accepted on Saturdays beginning Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. See details about donations and information about the fair at lewisborolibrary.org/support/library-fair.

Art in the Parks at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River is sponsoring a photography and sculpture exhibit, “Ephemera,” with an opening reception today, Friday, July 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be in the Main Gallery in the Benedict Farmhouse (the main park office) featuring area artists Ilan Ashkenazi and Dawn Watson. For more information, visit parks.westchestergov.com/art-in-parks.

Caramoor in Katonah has an interactive sound exhibit called In ‘C’ designed by sound artist Gerhard Trimpin that has been installed as part of their permanent sound art sculptures. The installation is in the shape of a large letter “C” with 24 tuned metal bell chimes ranging over two octaves suspended from the upper curve. It is made from steel and utilizes electromechanical components to interact with visitors through a motion sensor. Through the physical activation of a push-button panel, visitors activate the chimes to play precomposed short pieces, each 1- to 2-minutes long. In addition to Trimpin’s music, Caramoor commissioned sound art pieces from four other composers. Visit caramoor.org for details about this and other sound installations on the grounds.

Last word: The South Salem Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization founded on March 17, 1938, and serves the South Salem Fire District covering the Waccabuc, South Salem including Twin Lakes and the Truesdale Lake neighborhoods, plus Cross River including Orchard Square and the John Jay Campus. The department has nine active apparatus vehicles in service. The SSFD is gearing up for their annual carnival to return on Aug. 11 after a one-year COVID-19 hiatus. The department goes all out on opening night of the carnival with the SSFD Parade from Spring Street to the department along Route 35. If you are interested in becoming a member, visit southsalemfire.com. Regular meetings are held Monday nights at 7 p.m. Thank you to all the volunteers for your service.

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