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Ah spring, could it really be here? All of the harbingers that annually announce the true changing of the seasons are in evidence.

The NCAA "Final Fours," both men's and women's, opening day of a new baseball season and the Masters golf tournament with the pictures of the famed azaleas around "Amen Corner" at Augusta National Golf Club are proof that spring is here. The daffodils in my yard in bloom, the tulips sticking their shoots toward the sun, and the trees beginning to bud are Mother Nature's signals that warmer weather is coming. Not soon enough for most of us I'm sure, since we were in the deep freeze for a very long time. I'm really ready to shed the sweatshirts, flannels, jeans and boots and don my shorts, tee shirts and sandals, which is my favorite attire. At this point I could deal nicely with a visit to my daughter in Alabama where it's been in the 80s for several weeks. Unfortunately that is not possible.

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Last week's sneak preview with temperatures in the 70s and bright sunshine got me to do a couple of outside projects around the old homestead, and as usual I kind of overdid the physical labor, so I'm regularly downing Aleves trying to relieve the aches in the long unused muscles and the less than flexible joints. The brain tells me that the chores aren't all that difficult and, even though they will take me a bit longer than they used to, I should be OK. Unfortunately for me, the old body doesn't fully rebel until after I'm finished the job and have gathered the tools and left over materials and put them away.

Another thing on the downside of getting into projects around the house this time of year is that while doing one project the need for another thing crops up. For example, I did some reinforcing of the mailbox post that got nudged, probably during one of the snow events over the winter, and on finishing that decided that the snow blower probably wasn't needed any more so it could go back into the shed for the summer. That led to the next project, as part of the shed door shows signs of needing repair before it falls off it's hinges. Who knows what the next project will be? I guess I'll find that out while doing the shed doors.

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One more sign of spring this year is the forthcoming local elections. Mayors and town council members are up for election in most of the municipalities in the county, so we all should be aware of the dates for the balloting in our towns and checking out the candidates and their individual platforms and ideas for moving the towns forward. As in the county election, growth and how to control it, economic development and the quality of life in the towns is of prime interest and importance. Even though the scope of the elections is a bit narrower, an informed electorate is the key to good government. The more local the government, the more impact each voter has on the direction of the locality. Be informed voters and cast your ballots for the candidates who will best serve your interests.

Bill Kennedy writes every other Monday from Taneytown. Email him at wlkennedyiii@verizon.net.

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