Spring has sprung

What a difference four days make. Rain Thursday night, a little more on Friday and then lots of heat Saturday and Sunday and my lawn has become a dark green mass of growth. My flowering crabs are bursting forth with lots of deep red buds ready to transform into a mass of flowers. My alpine currant shrubs have that first greening of buds being unfurled announcing the end of winter and the joys of spring.

With spring comes optimism. Spring brings hope. Already one third of our population have their first dose of Covid vaccine. Dr. Theresa Tam reported last week that Canada had reached the peak of the third Covid 19 wave and that the lockdowns had begun to bend the curve on infections. Our vaccination rates are among the best in the world. Even though there have been demonstrations opposing the restrictions and face mask wearing, Canadian neighbours are protecting each other by following the directions of our medical health advisors. Our neighbours are protecting us.

Excitement and smiling faces waited at St. Francis School Friday and Saturday. Optimism sparked those receiving their first dose of vaccine and the workers and volunteers who administered the vaccine and organized everyone. What a difference receiving the first dose of a Covid 19 vaccine could make in peoples lives.

Even though the number of cases of Covid 19 appear to be rising in the District, we as a District are seeing greater numbers of residents receiving the vaccine. We can be optimistic that once again we will be able to join family and friends for activities.

At the lake over the weekend, one couldn’t but help notice the mating that was going on with the great variety of animals at the island. Geese, ducks, squirrels, eagles were all active. We watched as the painted turtles squirmed up onto rocks and the banks sunning themselves in the warmth of the sun. Life is going on all around us.

The water is rising on Rainy Lake, moving up to normal summer season levels. Walleye season will open in 10 days. Boats will again be heard. Cabins will reopen. The sounds of youth playing in the water will again be heard. Spring is full of optimism and renewal. As the vaccination rates improve and people begin receiving their second doses, families will be able to reunite. Life will be better.

Jim Cumming
Former Publisher
Fort Frances Times