The Arrival of Spring

It seems that writing this editorial lately has given me a good excuse to use a bird to help get the point of my story across to the reader. Since I am also an artist using the mediums of watercolors and oil paint, I enjoy producing paintings that reflect my rural surroundings. My wife teases me that I have to include some kind of wildlife in almost every painting that I create, so why should my editorials be any different? Please bear with me as you read my thoughts about spring.

The best indicator that spring is coming has always been the arrival of the first robin to our yard. Robins, daffodils and warm sunshine on my shoulders are childhood memories that will stick with me for life. The spring song of the robin is a sweet sound that lets you know warmer days are just around the corner, even if there is still snow on the ground. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there is snow well into the new season, since our winter has been so harsh this year.

Winter hasn’t been a really popular time for some people, and I’m sure that a few would even like to hibernate during those cold winter months. One local resident that does take advantage of hibernation is the black bear, and yes, there are black bears in the Finger Lakes area, although they are not very numerous. Most black bears reside in the southern part of the area, but some venture farther north. In this issue, you can read about a family of bears that was found in southern Livingston County.

In this spring issue we are covering a wide variety of stories, ranging from maple syrup production to the origins of Memorial Day in Waterloo. Tompkins County’s beauty is showcased in our pictorial, and there is a special gardening section to show us which plants will thrive throughout the four distinct seasons that we experience in the Finger Lakes region.

There are many trips that a family can take during the spring. Touring the waterways by boat and visiting the Rochester Lilac Festival are two examples that we discuss. Riesling wines are judged in our wine article to help you decide which ones are right for you.

Our marketplace section has been organized to help you find your areas of interest quickly. We have even included a map to help you find what you’re looking for.

So read through this issue to plan your recreation and day trips, learn a bit of our Finger Lakes history, and get a head start on your garden…don’t despair, spring is just around the corner.