We had some beautiful weather this week, temperatures in the lower 70s a couple of days. Steve and I went riding around on Wednesday taking pictures of the foliage. It was at its peak the end of last week and it was beautiful. Even though we see all the beautiful colors every year it never gets boring. It was windy on Saturday and Sunday, so a lot of leaves blew off the trees. One of the trees next to our house has lost all its leaves.

Village trustees and the selectboard have considered the generous amount of money offered by federal and state governments for brownfields cleanup and the potential for redevelopment in Johnson, so they have dusted off the village-sponsored brownfields study of a few years back that addressed the talc area, Manchester Mill and Railroad Street.

The nights have been cool, but once the sun burned through the fog, it sure warmed up fast. The beautiful weather this past week also made enjoying the spectacular foliage easy. I was car-less the first three days of the week, but Thursday I savored every mile of the drive between here and Peacham, and Friday I took a few moments, along with many, many out-of-staters, to head up to the Notch. I didn’t drive through but soaked in the scenery from the parking lot near the informational kiosk.

This weekend, just as fall foliage was getting close to its peak, rain came in and ruined our view of it. Clouds were low on the mountains and it drizzled rain for two days. It was also chilly out, temperatures in the 50s. At least it wasn't windy out. That would have taken a lot of the leaves off the trees. When the sun comes out again, hopefully we’ll have a beautiful view again.

The Belvidere Community Club met two weeks ago. The end of October is when the club is going to close the field. If you want to rent the field next year, plan ahead and call Kathy at the town clerk’s office.

Cambridge recently lost one of those people every community comes to rely on: The person who is always there to do the small tasks, whether it is mowing and string-trimming around trailheads or calling the local columnist with the details of the annual Memorial Day observance. Those are only two of the many, many ways Howard Callihan served this community since he moved here in the late 1990s with his wife Cindy and their grandchildren.

There’s never a shortage of fun stuff in Johnson and last week was no exception. Kudos to Tom Carney for organizing the first annual tractor parade, which happened happily in the downpour last Saturday. Twenty tractors and three lawnmowers turned out for a sizeable crowd who had many a positive and appreciative comment.

What a beautiful week. It started with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. But then, summer went out like a lion. The end of the week, when fall became official, the temperatures went down into the 60s. We had some wind and rain on Thursday and Friday, which made a lot of leaves come down. We need to enjoy their color as they are still turning.

The arboretum is looking like fall, along with everything else. The smiling hydrangea blossoms have turned pink and those curiously shaped halesia seed pods are maturing. Plans are being made to transfer some exotic donated rhododendrons from Wolcott while there’s still time for them to put on some root growth.

Several recent signs are in accord with the solar calendar: It is fall. The first is the arrival of flu shot clinics at the Cambridge Health Center. Patients who are already scheduled to see a provider soon may receive their flu shots at that visit. Flu clinics are for practice patients and will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 7. The times on both dates are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. If you are a patient of family practice and would like to be added to a clinic, call 644-5114.

Sunday was a beautiful day out. Temperatures were in the 60s. It was cool in the shade but warm in the sun. Our family met at Bruce’s camp on Lake Eden for our Sunday meal. This will be our last time up there for this year. On our way up there, I noticed that there is beginning to be color on the mountain sides. The leaves are turning color so fast.

This past Thursday, after Wednesday’s heavy rains, I had the opportunity to walk the Krusch Nature Preserve trail with Sally Laughlin, chair of the preserve’s steering committee, and my hat is off to the dedicated volunteers who built it and to Erin Amadon, the professional trail builder who taught them current best practices, which involve sloping the trail a certain way and replacing the duff. As a result of their training and hard work, no erosion was visible anywhere on the path. Well done, all.

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