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Man­ag­ing edi­tor Gary Ge­orge is slowly but surely heal­ing from his sports in­jury, but un­til he’s back in the sad­dle, I’ll be pen­ning at least one more let­ter from the edi­tor. I don’t know about you, but I think of March as a bit of an odd month; not quite win­ter, not quite spring, it falls some­where in be­tween. But as the snow melts, the tem­per­a­tures grad­u­ally warm up and the days get longer, we ea­gerly be­gin to feel the prom­ise of spring in the air.

One thing many Cana­di­ans do en­joy this time of year is an an­nual visit to a su­gar shack. With that in mind, we have a fea­ture story on page 46 called “Ten Trees” about one cou­ple’s at­tempt to tap into our love of pure Cana­dian maple syrup. Keep­ing our “sug­ar­ing-off” theme go­ing, check out a par­tic­u­larly sweet photo spread on page 42.

With the ar­rival of spring also comes the de­sire to get out­side and en­joy a brisk walk—with or with­out a ca­nine com­pan­ion. One of our many dog-lov­ing con­trib­u­tors takes us on a visit to her favourite dog park, where she’s be­friended pups and peo­ple alike. Turn to page 8 to en­joy this fetch­ing photo es­say.

In hon­our of St. Pa­trick’s Day, our Funny Stuff de­part­ment on page 62 fea­tures an­other great Ru­ral Roots car­toon by Jack Lown as well as a tale about “Ir­ish Pou­tine” that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Then, be­gin­ning on page 32, the recipe sec­tion is de­voted to that most Ir­ish of veg­eta­bles, the ver­sa­tile and tasty potato!

So, chin up! Spring may not be here quite yet, but it’s on its way and that is sweet in­deed. Maryanne Gal­lagher, maryan­ne_ gal­lagher@ rd. com

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