Although it is another snowy/rainy day in Lovell (pretty much all the way from the mid-Atlantic states north to Maine), the calendar says that Spring is pretty close and if you look around, there are signs everywhere. Suddenly you realize that not only is the sun setting much later in the day but it is also much brighter and stronger as it quietly works to melt snow!
As the days are warmer and the daytime temperatures move above freezing, maple trees are tapped for their sap. And there are a variety of collecting systems ranging from the traditional metal buckets to empty plastic milk containers. Larger operations have tubes running from tree to tree and then to a central collecting barrel. This is the first step in a long process before you can pour that delicious maple syrup onto your stack of pancakes. Learn more here.
Come the first week of March, town meetings are held throughout New England. Some municipalities may hold them later in the year, like Bridgton and Fryeburg, but most of them are in the Spring. This past Saturday morning, Lovell held its annual meeting and it started promptly at 9am and lasted a little over three hours. Moderated by Jon Bliss, over 103 warrant articles were discussed and voted on. Compared to previous years, the overall tone was quiet. The longest discussion was over the meaning of the word conservation and whether it was limited to natural resources or included buildings or man-made objects. For the record, click here for the definition, which does seem to include preservation. Here is a history of New England town meetings.
One more sign that Spring is near is the daily paper is filled with spring training updates from Florida and Arizona. The pleasant sound of the crack of the wooden bat is not that far away. Yes it is hard to believe when you look out outside but it won't be long before your favorite baseball team's season is underway. To keep track of New England's favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, send me an e-mail and I will mail you a Kezar Realty/Red Sox magnetic schedule.
What's your favorite sign that winter is nearly over and the Spring season is approaching?