Hooray, it's March! Spring is just around the corner -- despite what the weather channel tells you.
Baby goats are being born, geese are getting cranky and mean and before you know it sap will be flowing too. My father used to tap trees and make maple syrup. I can remember walking the line with him and sneaking a sip of sap, straight off the tap. Sweet and cool, melting snow and lots of sunshine. He had revamped an ox yoke to fit his shoulders and rigged a rope and bucket off either end. Ingenious, but of course (necessity) is the mother of invention. Once I was old enough, or should I say tall enough and strong enough, I gladly ran the tap line, eager to please don't ya know. Freeman and I even made syrup on our own for a few years but once our arch burned out so did our ability to boil down sap. Thus leaving us to buy locally.
Bear River Maple, here on the Bear River Road, is as local as it gets. Since Kaiya, Samuel and I got snowshoes for Christmas, we have even volunteered to lend a hand. They tap lots and lots of trees, interconnected with plastic tubing and piped right to the sugar house. I do miss making our own,there but as long as we can be involved with someone, somewhere, making syrup, our journey to spring will be a satisfying one.
I stopped in to the Town Office for some factual Newry news and was reminded of two things that you should be aware of.
Firstly, for those of you who haven't yet registered your dog(s) for the 2011 year, there is now a $15 late fee, soon to be $25 as of April 1, 2011. Please come in with proof of rabies as soon as possible. Thanks.
Secondly, our annual town meeting/potluck is Monday, March 7, with 5:30 potluck and 7 p.m. meeting at the Grange Hall. About the most exciting thing to discuss is Article 27, voting on funds for fixing the third and final bridge on the Branch Road, Paine's Bridge. Many will be glad to have the repairs all over with.
In response to last week's column, I wanted to note that you cannot ride in New Hampshire without a New Hampshire registration as far as I know. I asked around, but for more info contact a warden. Windy Valley Club trail maps can be obtained at the Bear River Trading Post and at the Newry Town Office.
Deb Webster wishes to invite any interested person(s) to an informational meeting March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grange Hall. She plans to open "The Eddy" this fall, a home away from home school for grades 5 through 8. It sounds like a great idea to me. I always wanted to HS but I seriously lack the follow through. But aren't most of us full of good intensions?
Have a blessed week. Spring is on its way! firstname.lastname@example.org or the good 'ole fashioned way 824-0836.