Man can become a master Gardner and produce a beautiful garden, but it is hard to out-do nature. If you have been riding around the area in the last couple of weeks, hopefully you noticed the beautiful spots of color and even the vast field of yellow that dot the country side, beautiful. The flowering trees in the downtown area are in full bloom. Rain still seems to be in the forecast and most of us feel like we have had enough.

It's great to welcome John and Vivian Ball back to Willsboro. I had a great visit with Bill Perkett and his wife, who are visiting his mother Marion Helms for a few days. Bill grew up here in Willsboro. Hopefully many alumni are planning to join together at the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, June 25 at Crickets. This event brings back several who attended school here in their growing up years. The Alumni organization is still looking for some new officers; if anyone is interested in serving, they should contact Larry Allen at 963-8912 and let him know of your interest.

It has come to my attention that, with the flooding and the economy, local businesses are struggling to stay in business. We do have a great community, but we should try hard to support the local business.They try hard to keep their prices at a reasonable rate and still offer good service. Now, with the price of gas, do we really save when we travel out of town? Just keep this in mind if we want our community to stay in good shape and welcoming to our summer guests. I am glad that the school budget passed along with the purchase of a new school bus. We welcome the two elected members to the school board; they do a great job and dedicate many hours of service. The new restaurant is really taking shape and should be open soon. The community is still looking for volunteers to assist in the special places here in town. Two events at the Willsboro United Methodist Church coming soon, the annual Spring Tea & Pound Auction on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. Just bring a gaily wrapped mystery gift that will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to mission work. Their next public supper will be on Wednesday, June 1, where they will serve roast beef. The Catholic Church is having a breakfast this weekend. So check it out.

Happy Birthday to: Ashley Ahrent, May 30; Dorothy Jacques, May 30; Brianna and Beittnay Schrieber, May 31; Ada Hutchins, May 31; John Uhlig, June 1; Mary Lou Mason, June 3. Happy Anniversary to Blanche and Joe Bruno, May 30; Peg and Ken Schnieder, May 31.

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