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DEDICATION – On May 19 at 1 p.m. a dedication for the Bombay Wall of Honor for Veterans will be held. The Wall of Honor for the Veterans of Bombay is displayed in the town hall, Bombay Historical Society President Becky Latulipe told me this week. The town hall is located on the Lantry Road, which is off Route 95 as you leave Bombay heading for Moira.

What a wonderful idea to honor our local town of Bombay veterans. I hope you will circle the date and plan to attend this tribute to our local veterans.

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STALLED COUNTDOWN - Monday morning a group of us had gathered at a friend’s home, as we do most Monday mornings, to discuss a book we have all read. But on Monday morning it was a bit cooler than the previous week and for a brief moment we could all see the white pellets coming from the sky. Perhaps in the fall we might anticipate the freshly fallen snow as a sign of the beauty of a change in seasons. But now I think each one of us was rather discouraged to see snow or was it sleet once again part of our chilly Monday morning. We all seemed in readiness for warmer days and the sunshine of spring warming the earth so flowers and gardens could grow. We woke Tuesday morning with the realization there had indeed been a frost the night before.

We somehow are understanding when snow falls in March – many times there have even been full blown blizzards in the past on dates in March. By April we are truly ready for spring’s arrival, but we know there still might be a flurry or two during this month. But by Mother’s Day we are ready for coatless days and warm sunshiny skies.

I smiled as I drove from my friend’s home, thinking about the weather event of the day, and I remembered what the weatherman in our home and I were told when we first moved here now some four decades ago. Yes, we were told that in the north country there were “two seasons – the Fourth of July and winter!” We laughed then, but today I wonder if that advice will ring true as the days progress. I certainly hope not.

I haven’t been given a “Countdown to Spring” by Jeff at Hannaford’s in some time. I wonder if that means he feels spring has arrived or has he just given up on the thought of a permanent arrival for this season?

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BELATED WISHES – Rev. Heather Stierheim, the minister who serves both the First United Methodist Church and Grace UM Church (located on Highway 37C – just under the water tower), celebrated her birthday on Monday. I am sure her husband, Rev. Gregg Stierheim, and their children Ethan, Noah and Grace – and Tank, too, made sure her birthday was a special celebration. If you see Heather this week – shopping, in the sanctuary, at the park or at a T-ball game please take a moment and wish her a very Happy Birthday!

My wishes (in this column!) are belated by a few days, but they are most sincere. I hope you had a wonderful birthday and my warmest wishes for only the best in the year ahead.

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AMAZED – The readership of this column always thoroughly amazes me. I have mentioned before that when I sit before the computer in our Bombay home, it is as if I was visiting with my neighbor or a dear friend or family members in Italy or California. I know, Editor Ryne, the point is to have people read what I have written, but I am always shocked when those who aren’t a neighbor or family member, do indeed read this column.

Last Tuesday evening I was attending a dinner in Canton with friends, when I was greeted by a woman who told me she reads this column. My heartfelt thanks to Shirley, who recognized me and introduced herself to me as one of this column’s faithful readers. Yes, we do visit “over coffee” and for that I am most grateful.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We are certain it was just an oversight, but we know Ms. Emery wanted to remind her readers that the favorite hockey team of Donnie Comins, Don Woods and many others in the area - the Boston Bruins - are moving on into the second round of the playoffs after an exciting win over Toronto Monday night. As for her team, 24 remains a niced number for yet another year.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford

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