It’s Spring

Springtime. Many images come to mind when I think of this time of year: melting snow, buds on trees and shrubs opening to embrace the new warmth and extra sunshine, and the flower bulbs hidden in the ground waiting for this moment in time to spring into bloom. Above all, to me, spring means a time of rebirth and new awakenings.

Let’s not forget the mud left over from winter snows and freezing rains. Some athletes even like to run in this mud as you will learn when you read about a cross-country race held in the woods near Naples.

The boating season is almost upon us. If you enjoy this pastime, you might learn some new tips from a seasoned veteran, Susan Peterson Gateley. She divulges information that helps both novice and experienced boaters alike.

The reintroduction of the river otter to the Finger Lakes area represents another kind of rebirth. At one time, these creatures were common to this region. Although their numbers have greatly diminished, their release will once again ensure that people visiting our waterways will have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the otter.

This spring, instead of taking a long vacation in a faraway place, why not check out some sites in our own backyard? This issue’s contributing authors will introduce you to Harris Hill Soaring Club in Big Flats, the Keuka Lake wineries, and the Watkins Glen International Racetrack.

Spring is a good time of year for self-evaluation. Maybe there’s a new hobby or sport to get involved in. Maybe we could look at meeting new people and making new friends. We need to start sometime, and what better time than when the sun is shining and the birds are singing.