It is now officially spring and as I write I'm looking out the window as snow falls with expectations of three to five inches. Yep, it's definitely spring in the North Country - we are getting single digit of snow rather than 20 plus inches. I've always felt , especially as a fairly large man, that it is much easier to get warm in the winter than it is to cool off in the summer, so I won't complain ... much.

Since spring has sprung, it is time to look at our yards and maybe consider taking part in the annual garden contest. If you are like me and a garden is a new concept, now is definitely the time to start planning. You need to consider what you want to plant and where you want to plant it. Keep in mind plants need varying amounts of sunshine and different local critters enjoy the free meals we are working so hard to grow, and it certainly isn't a tip they are leaving behind.

New this year is another contest. Now in the newsletter that came with my water bill it said that this is in lieu of the flower contest, so I need to check with the town if there will even be a garden contest this year. There definitely will be a paving stone contest this year. The stones must be two foot squares only and start with a concrete base. Judging will be based on creativity, originality, and how colorful you can make the stone. Eight lucky, or more to the point talented, residents will earn cash prizes. Any further information call the village office at 834-9059 and ask for Lynn or Mary.

I would like to thank the kind souls who have formed a committee to consider what to do with the abandoned civic center. We have enough empty space sitting unused. I wish them well on making the building or space productive again.

Have a great week and enjoy the start of spring, hopefully without a shovel or plow!

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