There was no snow last week, and hopefully it is over with until next fall. Smugglers Notch opened for the season and so did the Cambridge Junction covered bridge.
A last-minute change of plans on Mother’s Day made it possible for me to be out on the rail trail, and to appreciate the work of the volunteers who cleaned up the trailhead earlier in the weekend. Everything looked spotless, and as we returned, a young person was enjoying the found-music drum set in a way that suggested someone with serious purpose.
There will be an Australian ballot vote Tuesday, June 21, at the municipal building or by absentee ballot to elect a new village trustee to fill the open seat on the board after Will Jennison stepped down. Any village resident over 18 who wants to run must file a consent form with the town clerk by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 16.
Sunny summer evenings with the fragrance of homemade pie wafting across the green grass of the Legion field — Tuesday Night Live, here we come. The committee is planning for the upcoming season, lining up improvements, vendors and sponsors. It’s well set up with a budget of $5,000 and has plans to enlarge the storage closet by two feet in June. More sound equipment will be bought later in the season.
The weather finally turned warmer on Sunday, May 1. Temperatures were in the upper 60s. Mark and Monty got one of our rocking chairs out of the cellar and put it on the front porch. Steve sat in it most of the afternoon — his favorite pastime. I was able to finally open my windows. It seemed great to have that warm breeze blowing into the house.
It’s May, and that means next weekend is Green Up Day, a time to remove the winter’s trash from the roadsides. In addition, there are two opportunities to help clean up specific other spaces. On Saturday, May 7, starting at 9 a.m., you are invited to spend an hour helping green up the Jeffersonville Cemetery.
Signs of spring this week came in golden yellow coltsfoot and daffodils and the sightings in various parts of town of fisher and bears. It was also dry enough that I’m at last thinking of putting my peas in. A writer’s workshop and a most satisfying visit to the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild exhibit in Essex Junction, plus the installation of a new oil tank ate most of my time, but it was all good.
Despite cool temperatures and occasional snow showers, spring keeps on coming. My daffodils bloomed this week and as they have in other people’s yards in town. People are out riding their bikes or walking. Motorcycles are out and people have started working on their lawns. The road across the covered bridge in Cambridge Junction is now open. All signs of spring.
The tree board takes the cake for news this week by putting Johnson on the map. The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program has selected the board to receive the 2022 Tree Steward Volunteer Group Award. It’s given to a group that has “shown outstanding dedication and commitment in introducing or sustaining an urban and community forestry project within their community.”
It’s the time of year when it’s time to shovel the gravel and sand off lawn edges and clean up fallen branches, generally sprucing up the yards. That may mean burning stuff. Cambridge health officer Don Lange and deputy health officer Mark Nash remind everyone that permits are needed to burn anything larger than a backyard campfire. Permits are available at Cambridge Village Market. Permitted fires must be attended at all times. It is permitted to burn natural wood, wood pallets, brush and leaves, and untreated lumber. Those listed items are the only ones that may be burned.
Just when you think warmer weather and spring is here, it turns cooler, and we get snow showers. That’s what happened Sunday and we got more snow on Tuesday. Being born in Vermont, I should know that this is typical weather for spring. But every now and then it does get warm early in the spring and stays that way, but not this year. Oh, well, I still love Vermont.