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Spring (the season) has sprung and the warmer weather last week, aided by a week of vacation the previous several days, put a bit more spring in my step. The extra energy is most welcome.
The arrival of Easter, the springtime holiday on my calendar, adds even more certainty to the declaration that winter is kaput. I'm sure there are a few frosts to come and perhaps even a scattered flurry or two will fly sometime in the next couple of weeks, but spring is here, the grass is greening and summer is nipping at our heels. Alleluia.
I've already switched off the furnace for the season, or so I've pledged myself. Some mornings have been quite nippy but a portable heater takes the chill out of the morning air.
My New Boston neighbor's grass has already been sheared once, making mine look all the more unkempt. I'd hoped to at least mow off the tops of the onions but as of Good Friday, my mower is still where I parked it late last fall. I better get a move on or the town property owners' association will be sending me a letter.
Since this is the first spring since fully moving into my hilltop house in town, I have started to appreciate the landscaping work of the former owners, including the forsythia bushes and others I can't name. The forsythia were fully clothed in yellow splendor last week and tufts of green are already evident and promise an explosion of new growth.
A patch of peonies has already shot up its red shoots and I've given them a dose of Miracle-Gro. The plants, one of my favorites, didn't bloom at all last year and I failed to give them any extra nutrition.
I worried the peonies wouldn't come back at all after a nephew mowed them down mid-season, but nature has a way of prevailing over human mistakes. I'm looking forward to discovering next month what color the blooms will be. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinth and forsythia may be flowers of spring, but peonies mark for me the arrival of summer.
Robins and doves regularly flit across my yard as I leave in the morning and a fat rabbit, perhaps a mama readying for a springtime litter of babies, has been a frequent visitor to the backyard, nibbling the tender new shoots of grass. Friends eagerly awaiting their favorite birds, martins, say they will arrive soon and with the warm weather this week, some of the insect-devouring birds may already be sizing up the small frame apartment houses and gourds that will be their spring and summertime homes.
Spring seems to be the fleetest of seasons, here for a moment then replaced by summer. After soggy springtimes in recent years that bedeviled gardeners and farmers alike, I hope the coming weeks will offer just the right combination of warmth, sunshine and gentle showers. I suppose that will make for May flowers and corn and get soybean crops off to strong, healthy starts.
Spring is here. Enjoy the season and I hope everyone had a happy and blessed Easter weekend.
It's been hard to miss the demolition under way in Tell City over the past several weeks. As The News has reported, the city is using nearly $2 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, awarded as a grant, to purchase and demolish several vacant and foreclosed homes.
I'm sure residents in the neighborhoods would agree that it's good to see homes that had very little future remaining in them come down and look forward to seeing the new homes that will be constructed in many of the locations in coming months.
Before the wrecking ball hit, two of the homes were used by state police for practice. An ISP emergency-response team trained in one of the homes on 12th Street and another on Seventh Street. Troopers practiced their roles in approaching and entering homes where a suspect is barricaded inside, as well as cases where one or more hostages might be at danger.
Local canine officers were hoping to use one or two of the homes for an upcoming practice session.
It's certainly a good way for old homes to provide a final public service.