Make way for...

...ducklings, geese....and maybe a bear or two.

That's the word in recent days after residents posted on social media that there were bears in these parts, and often a long line of Canada geese crossing the road. Some posted photos, too, of the wandering geese in single file making their way from one side to another. Others saw a bear also crossing in front of drivers, who stopped to allow the wildlife to pass.

Celebrating Derry

It's time for Derryfest to spring into action, bringing a day full of community spirit to town on Saturday, Sept. 18. Last year, the pandemic caused a lot of community events to be cancelled but the annual festival returns to MacGregor Park this year for a day full of vendors, booths, food, music and much more. Following Derryfest, the downtown Derry After Dark celebration continues with more food, beer, wine and a continued sense of Derry spirit.

Falling into the season

There's no better way to usher in autumn than spending time apple picking at one of the area's farms. Mack's, Sunnycrest and Elwood will be offering pick-your-own options this season while other farms like J & F and Merrill will be stocked full of the season's best produce.  Add in corn maze fun, petting areas with furry animals and other fun fall activities and there will be something for everyone.

Scaring up some business

For many years the town of Chester has welcomed the season with its annual "Village People" scarecrow display. Scarecrows began as a way to support the local historical society and in years since have become quite a tourist draw, bringing people to town to view the various scarecrows. The scarecrows will be dotting the landscape in early October through Halloween. 

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