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Round Town / Curt Lamb

Winter hangs on, but spring isn't very far away

Round Town / Curt Lamb

Nature reminded us that winter is still here with the gift of snow we had last week. The surrounding hills were covered, which means good skiing weather continues.

The bright moment in all of this is that spring is just around the corner, and I have a reminder every morning as I am greeted by a view from my office window of our Hollywood plum that is flowering. The sweet pink blossoms give quite a nice reminder that warmer days are ahead.

Hang in there, everyone -- spring is on the way.

An interesting story was shared during coffee time last week about viewing an otter in the creek in Dallas catching a duck for dinner. It was quite a sight and an event not often seen.

I know that you are aware that our creek is teeming with all types of wildlife and is there for us to enjoy and be good stewards. Wildlife will adapt around the creations of man, so it's up to us to give them the opportunity to survive and honor their style of living too.

St. Patrick's Day is Friday, March 17, so don't forget to wear some green that day. It's a day that usually features corned beef and cabbage and something called green beer. Dallas Senior Center will be serving the traditional dinner (no beer) at 11 a.m. for $4.50. Stop in for a great meal.

March Madness is here. Not the weather, but the NCAA basketball tournament. It was tough not to catch a game during this past weekend with teams vying to be conference champions along with a place in the NCAA tourney bracket. There will be plenty more games for the watching.

I also encourage you to get out into the fresh air and watch the high school youth compete in baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf. Many schools played their first game Monday, with many more to follow through the spring.

The schedules for all spring sports were in the Itemizer-Observer Spring Sports Preview on March 8, so keep those schedules handy. These young people and their coaches have been putting in hours of practice in preparation for a great season of spring sports and deserve our support.

The 2006 American Cancer Society Polk County Relay for Life is just a few short weeks away, on May 19 and 20. Look for team fundraising efforts by teams in all of our Polk County communities as they seek your support to help find the cure for cancer.

We know it is a disease that has touched all of us in some way. Let's help be part of the solution and support this great team event.

Hey, all you Krispy Kreme donut lovers -- they're back! The Dallas Rotary Interact Club at Dallas High School is selling the famous donuts to raise funds supporting a team for Relay for Life. You can purchase your goodies between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17 at Dutch Bros. in Dallas. Yummy.

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