The return of a chainsaw bear to Cambridge Village Market felt like one more sign things are making the turn toward normal. So did several sightings of two turkeys in the fields between Whitfield Drive and the brick houses on Route 15. For several years, a flock of five frequented those fields, but the numbers dropped to zero sometime last summer. It’s good to see them back. It was also good to see a sign for walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at Kinney Drugs.

I want to apologize for reporting last week that the community prayer event at Teen Challenge was on May 7. At the time I wrote the article I thought that was when and where it was going to take place. That’s what I was told, however, due to COVID, things changed a week before the event and I wasn’t notified of the change until too late.

Trees are fantastic, no doubt about it. Then again, sometimes they’re fantastic in the other sense of that word, as in wowie zowie, would you look at that weird tree? You’ll meet that fantastic sort of tree at the Johnson Arboretum opening. One of the new trees planted will be a Corylus ‘Red Dragon,’ and it’s a slam dunk that most folks will have never seen one.

It rained almost everyday last week. The river got quite high but it didn’t go over its banks. We needed the rain. It certainly made the grass grow and the leaves start to pop out. Some people have started mowing their lawns.

The tree board is excited and happy to announce at last that the Johnson Arboretum will celebrate its opening and Arbor Day on Saturday, May 22, with a rain date planned for May 29. The public is invited to join them to learn about how the arboretum was started and what’s coming in the future, and if you’d like to, help plant three new trees.

“It’s May, it’s May …” The first show I worked crew on in high school was “Camelot,” so that song tends to run through my mind whenever this month rolls around. We certainly have had an unusually long spring, with each stage of flower staying in blossom for several weeks. My crabapple has only today begun to unfurl buds I had worried were snow-damaged, and the tulips I planted last fall are lipstick crimson.

Approximately 50 people attended the Meet the Candidates online forum Thursday, moderated by Jerry Cole and facilitated by interim town administrator Francesca D’Elia. In their brief introductions the candidates shared not only their background but also areas they would like to focus on if elected.

It snowed again this last week on Wednesday and Thursday. We got about 4 inches of wet, heavy snow. By Saturday it was all gone. The Smugglers Notch Road opened up at the beginning of the week and closed again by midweek. It will stay open one of these days. In spite of the snow my daffodils are still blooming.

Ah spring! The ice goes out of Joe’s Pond in Danville, the Notch opens here in town, and then … more snow. It was only the middle of April, so it wasn’t a big surprise, but it did make a dent in the spirits of those, like me, who prefer to be outside when it’s not cold and wet.

There’s potential good news from a couple of different sources on Johnson’s horizon this week. As of Saturday, April 17, 54.5 percent of eligible people in Lamoille County have received at least one vaccine dose and 34.8 percent of all eligible Vermonters are all done. Johnson’s Emergency Management Team plans to discuss ways to safely begin to loosen up restrictions on building closures and gatherings.

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