A few weeks ago I noted that the bluets and myrtles would blossom in mid-April this year. A few inches of icy slush and snow on April 12 put an end to that. However, I have seen daffodils and crocuses popping up on people’s lawns. A lot of people seemed surprised at the mid-April snow. It isn’t unusual to have snow this time of year even at the low elevations. Many people can tell you about May snowstorms. On May 11, 1963, it snowed six inches. I remember Doris Lord, a sixth-grade teacher at Crescent Park School, drove several of us to a math fair at the University of Maine in Orono that day. For me, the late spring snow made a more lasting impression than the fair.
This week, April 14-20, is National Library Week. The theme this year is “Communities matter @ your library.” If you haven’t been to the Bethel Library lately, now is the time. Libraries aren’t just for books anymore. In addition to books, the Bethel Library has magazines, audio books, electronic books, and DVDs. You can use a computer inside the library or access your wireless 24/7 from the library. The library has both new releases and classics. I found out this week that the Bethel Library has complete sets of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery series. You can keep updated at the library’s website www.bethellibraryassociation.org.
Earth Day is April 22. This year’s Earth Day focuses on how climate change is affecting people, animals, and places. You don’t have to attend a rally, plant trees, or give a huge donation to participate. Organizers are asking everyone to think of one way they can do something on that day to improve the environment. I’m doing my annual pick-up of trash along a stretch of Route 26 My mother initiated this annual rite of spring long before Lady Bird Johnson began her beautification of the highways in the 1960s. The trick to spring clean-up along the roadways is to start right after the snow melts from the road banks and while there is still a touch of ice in the ditches. One year we waited too long and disturbed dozens of snakes who had crawled under pieces of tar paper that had blown off the mill buildings across the street. So, this week is perfect for clean-up and celebrating Earth Day.
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