Let's hope this is winter's last gasp

With apologies to those who earn a portion of their income plowing snow, I am sick of winter. Again this week, as I write my column on Thursday afternoon, we are hearing about the threat of snow. Most reports say about 2 to 4 inches.

I know we need the precipitation, but I want warm weather and rain. You don’t have to shovel rain. I’m ready for car shows, fairs, festivals, farmers’ markets, garage sales and, yes, even baseball. And I’m ready to start complaining about the heat. I don’t complain about it much, but I hate the cold. I’m starting to understand why people move to Florida or Arizona or anyplace warm when they retire.

Speaking of fairs, are you ready for the Sandwich Fair? I received an email from Larry Dannewitz of the fair board of directors, and he said the board is putting the finishing touches on the entertainment. I can hardly wait! He knows how much I love the fair.

As for farmers’ markets, a DeKalb church hosts an indoor one occasionally. Reporter Doug Oleson happened across a display from Montalbano Farm, and learned about community supported agriculture (CSA) and buying food by subscription. It’s an interesting idea that benefits the producer and the consumer.

The producer can better plan, knowing that so many shares have been sold. The consumer gets a variety of fresh produce throughout the season, and he or she knows where it’s grown. The producer and consumer can interact directly. CSAs are a great way to address concerns about food safety and food quality.

Read more about the farm and community supported agriculture on page 8.

Another pair of growers in the area found one of their Asiatic lilies had sprouted and was blooming in January. Much to their surprise, Art Hrvatin and Trish Price found a vibrant red lily growing and blooming in their yard. Delighted with the unexpected color, they’ve pampered it into showing several blooms. Read on page 10 about their rare treat.

While we’ve been busy interviewing people and writing about them, we’ve also received a lot of news from you, our readers. If you don’t see it in print as quickly as you like, remember that our space for news is limited. And this week, we had a huge number of obituaries to print.

I’m so sad when that happens, not only because I have less space for news, but for the families left behind by so many. And if I had to split up your loved one’s obituary on two pages, I apologize. There’s just no easy way to print so many.

With another busy week ahead, I look forward to telling more of your stories. Enjoy this issue of the Valley Free Press. And if you’re on Facebook, look for us there, too, and like our page.

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