New season set to begin

With sadness we face the last long weekend of the summer.
Here at the Times, our summer students are returning to their respective schools. Meanwhile, friends from the lake are departing.
Classes start next Wednesday across the district. The bright yellow school buses will be back on the roads.
The water temperature at the lake is dropping so that a dip is again refreshing. The birch leaves are turning golden.
And the sun that woke me early in the morning for most of the summer is getting lazy—not wanting to make an appearance until almost 7 a.m.
Summer is clearly over.
The sun that used to set behind Bennett’s island is now vanishing in the evening to the south and the dramatic sunsets are diminishing. The coolness of the evenings invites fires in our chiminea.
The dryness that has come from the middle of July has reduced the mosquito population, and sitting out in the evening around the fire is again pleasant and enjoyable.
On Friday night, we made s’mores as we gathered around the blazing fire. The air was still. There is something serene about a fire at night that is both comforting and warming.
There have been few lights in cabins all summer and there remained few this past weekend. The parking lot at the marina was not as packed as it had been the three previous weekends.
The lake that was busy Friday night became much quieter Saturday. The stillness of Friday evening allowed voices and noises to travel great distances.
Three loons landed just before dusk Saturday evening and still were circling the cove of the island Sunday morning.
This weekend, parents will be packing vehicles and heading off to universities with their children. Some rides will require two days and will give parents the last opportunity to have two full days alone with their child.
It will disappear in a blur, but the memories of that trip will be carried for a lifetime.
Other parents will be helping their youngsters onto the bus for their first day at school. It, too, will be emotional.
A new season waits. The Recreator was delivered last week and the two weeks of sign-ups are in full swing. Hockey, skating, swimming, curling, bowling, badminton, and library programs will have parents emptying their wallets for the coming fall and winter season.
The lazy days of summer will pass into the hectic days of fall and winter. Calendars and times for practices and games will be filled in.
Weekends away will be planned and parents will find themselves on the road nightly ferrying their children around the community for activities.
The summer of 2014 is almost over. The new season begins.

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