How exciting it is to welcome in spring; it is a real gift from our creator as we watch nature burst forth into new life. The forsythia bushes are all a glow and in full bloom. The daffodils are springing up in many yards. One of the most outstanding views is to see all the daffodils that Leanna DeNeal planted along each side of her driveway on Route 22. Another great sight is to watch the trees start to leaf out.
Our joy for spring also brought much sadness as we laid to rest John Sheehan, but the funeral was a great tribute to who he had been as a part of this community. Between his family and his employees, they really did an outstanding job of making this last tribute one that we will all remember. Another great friend and much admired person passed away this past week: John Remancus, who lived a full 99 years and was our oldest veteran in the community. I had the pleasure of being a waitress in the diner that he and Harold Perkett ran for several years; what a great person. These are two citizens that have brought much pride to all of us over the years and will be greatly missed in the days ahead.
Several family members of Virginia Tingley Blanchard attended her wake and funeral this past weekend down in South Glens Falls. Her family came from far and near to pay their last respects. We also learned of Art Butler Jr's passing in March, he was part of our Heritage Group.
I had some very enjoyable visits this past week with Rita Benedict who is now home after her last knee surgery. A dear friend, Florence La Mountain, has returned to her home after spending the winter with her two sons. She loves her home and is delighted to be back. Another great visit was with Joyce Blanchard; she does not get out very much but loves to have visitors and we had a great visit.