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Letter from the Publisher: Marching Toward Spring

by on February 28, 2020 3:05 PM

March is finally upon us. After a relatively mild winter, by central Pennsylvania standards, we are about to enter spring.

The spring equinox officially occurs at 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. Maybe the groundhog was right? It has felt like an early spring throughout February.

I have already noticed tulip and hyacinth leaves poking through the mulch around my home. Our bird feeders have already been invaded by the common grackle. These birds typically return in spring to nest in the arborvitaes, before heading north by late April. They create major competition for the cardinals, blue jays, and squirrels that had enjoyed easy access to the feeders throughout the winter. But most importantly, the trees are beginning to bud. Our region is blessed with many natural flowering trees, including redbud, crabapple, cherry, apple, and dogwood.

Spring is a time of renewal. As life returns from hibernation, nature becomes alive with familiar sights, sounds, smells, and energy. I have always had a profound appreciation for the spring and fall. Both seasons are beautiful in their own special ways, but spring is about anticipation and warmth. We add about two minutes of daylight each day through June. As humans, we are very connected to the sun’s warmth. It is a cosmic battery that recharges us after slowing down under a few months of gray skies.

Another sign that spring is near is the abundance of potholes on our streets and highways. Driving in central Pennsylvania in March feels like driving over railroad ties. I do not recall ever seeing potholes as large as I have over the past few years. Eventually, these will get repaired, but until then, drive with caution.

Potholes aside, spring brings smiles to the faces of most adults and children throughout our region. You can feel the region coming alive with activity. I can even see it in our cats, as they enjoy the sun’s rays while perched on the windowsill or lying upside down in sun puddles on the floor.

For the March edition, I interviewed the local band The Extra Miles for our Artist of the Month feature. The Extra Miles is an acoustic trio of very talented musicians who create beautiful harmonies and feature introspective storytelling, while covering classics and introducing original songs. Andrea Miles, Patty McKenna, and Ruth Williamson create an expressive and unique sound that is both lovely and poignant. This spring and summer, please make time to hear these musicians live.

Make the most of March. Winter is over! Spring is here and summer is on the way.



Bernard A. Oravec


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