Jen’s Lenn

The Robin, the cro­cus and the syrup

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - by Jen­nifer Young

It’sDay­light re­veals color; ar­ti­fi­cial light

drains it. - He­lena Ru­bin­stein

the calm af­ter the storm, the light­est af­ter the dark. We spring for­ward. A new sea­son be­gins, an­other warm­ing that leaves the cold old year be­hind.

Ev­ery­thing is spring­ing lately, even though it won’t be made of­fi­cial un­til March 20th. Our pets are spring­ing through half melted snow banks and bound­ing over pud­dles, while it still be­ing light out­side when we’re done work adds for some spring­ing in our own steps, but spring isn’t re­ally about spring­ing any­where, it’s more about a tran­si­tion. A tran­si­tion be­tween win­ter and sum­mer, a change in think­ing; what to wear, a change in sleep­ing; it’s harder to wake up when it’s darker but eas­ier to leave work when the sun is still in your face, and a change in attitude; it’s eas­ier to whis­tle when you walk when the sun is shin­ing and the birds are singing.

A brand new year of ap­ple blos­soms are ready­ing to pop out. A brand new year of pure, sweet maple syrup started last Satur­day and the Sar­rasin’s fam­ily farm busi­ness, Milby Farm have been at it ever since. Ac­cord­ing to Sue Sar­rasin, the sea­son was right on time, but this year’s big­gest dif­fer­ence was the amount of snow, mak­ing the sea­son de­but dif­fi­cult, but “but the re­sult will be worth it.” Ev­ery­thing just seems more in­vig­o­rat­ing when the sun shines bright and the win­ter’s snow melts off build­ings.

Spring is all about new be­gin­nings; ba­bies, cro­cuses and the first ever ETSB United in Mu­sic Event to take place on Wed­nes­day, March 16th. To be an an­nual event, Sher­brooke El­e­men­tary School will play host from 11 a.m. to noon. An event where chil­dren’s artis­tic tal­ent is show­cased and mu­sic is the fo­cus.

Spring is about the re­turn of tra­di­tional sym­bols, like the red bellied Robin and the Show Your Tal­ent Con­test where stu­dents from each school in The Town­ships com­pete in cat­e­gories rang­ing from me­dia, writ­ing and broad­cast­ing. New to this year’s event, to be held on March 24th at 6:30 p.m. at BU’s Cen­ten­nial Theatre, are live per­for­mances by stu­dents from But­ler El­e­men­tary, St. Fran­cis El­e­men­tary, Sut­ton El­e­men­tary, Knowl­ton Academy, Alexan­der Galt Re­gional High School, East­ern Town­ships Learn­ing Cen­tre and Rich­mond Re­gional High School. I’m still im­pressed by the ET News tele­vi­sion show that JF Co­ley’s class en­tered. Loved the pup­pets they made, very cre­ative.

While most of us are glad to see the part­ing of the snow and ice, some, namely 28 dif­fer­ent teams, are glad it’s still around. At the Curl­ing Club that is, ac­cord­ing to Martin Rourke. The 2011

photo Jen Young

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