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If, like me, you noticed the appearance of stakes in a roadside near you about two weeks ago, and then noticed the stakes had been joined by small orange and red flags on stiff wires, the mystery has been solved.

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So we still can’t socialize, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do or that our town top bananas are sitting idly. It may seem like community interaction and social distancing are oil and water but it’s not always the case.

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The frogs are out, which means sugaring is just about over. In spite of the COVID-19 virus, sugarmakers have kept boiling sap. That’s one thing you can’t stop. When the sap comes, it comes.

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Last Sunday when I wrote about the music jam taking place last week, and at that time it was so, but things changed quickly as the week started.

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Here’s a shout-out to Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, which pivoted early to the manufacture of hand sanitizer, which has been distributed to a variety of municipal services. Co-founder and co-owner Jeremy has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, so he knows what he’s doing.

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There’s always good news in Johnson. Even with everything going on lately, it isn’t hard to find. Are you already sick to death (so to speak) of the V-word? Remember this: It will end.

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This week, I’d like to start with a shout-out to the Cambridge rec board and the volunteers who put together Let’s Do Lunch. Long before any mandates from any state, they decided to put first the health of seniors, the primary users of the monthly meal, and cancel the March lunch. It’s this …

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Along with everyone else, Johnson is on the unfortunate high alert for the virus and toilet paper watch.

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I saw my first robin last week, a good sign of spring. The frost heaves have gotten worse, especially on the way to Burlington. I’ve seen a lot of ladybugs, or those bugs that look like them, and some people have seen moths out. I can’t forget to mention the smell of dead skunks in the roads…

Flower and vegetable seeds are now in stores. If you start seeds early in your house, it’s almost time to plant them. I used to do that but I don’t anymore. If you do plant them, it helps you think of spring and the warm weather that is coming.

There were plenty of details about town meeting that are unique to Johnson, reflecting the kind of place it is in which to live. This week’s news will be the details of two major motions passed on Town Meeting Day. They weren’t included in the informative article last week.

This first item didn’t fit well in the full write-up of town meeting, but I am pleased to pass on the news George Putnam shared at the start of the session: construction to raise and pave Pumpkin Harbor Road came in $60,000 under budget. Add that to satisfied residents on Bartlett Hill Road,…

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