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In like a lion, out like . . . ?

We’ve all heard the say­ing “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Af­ter this most re­cent snow­storm Mon­day morn­ing, it sure seems like an ap­pro­pri­ate com­par­i­son. But where did it orig­i­nate from?

Ac­cord­ing to the Farm­ers Almanac — the Bi­ble for many farm­ers and ranch­ers — while many say­ings are based on care­ful ob­ser­va­tions and turn out to be ac­cu­rate, oth­ers are merely rhymes or be­liefs of people who thought bad spir­its could ad­versely af­fect the weather. Those be­liefs of­ten in­cluded ideas that there should be a bal­ance in weather and life. So, if a month came in harshly (or like a lion), it should end calmly (hence, “out like a lamb”).

March is con­sid­ered a change­able month, in which we can see warm spring-like tem­per­a­tures or late-sea­son snow­storms. How­ever, this say­ing seems be to more of a rhyme rather than a true weather pre­dic­tor. Will March re­ally go out like a lamb or is this weather here to stay for awhile longer? We’ll just have to wait and see.


Con­do­lences to John MacPher­son of Wash­ing­ton on the death of his fa­ther, Thomas G. MacPher­son, 80, who passed away Feb. 20 at his home in Tewks­bury, Mass. A pri­vate Coast Guard Me­mo­rial Ser­vice was to be con­ducted at sea, and a dance to cel­e­brate his life will be held April 11 at the Tewks­bury Se­nior Cen­ter.

Sym­pa­thy also goes out to Jeff Burke on the death of his mother, 68-year-old Dale Eve­lyn Hunter Burke, who passed away on Feb. 28 at Page Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Lu­ray. Her life was all about God, her son and her grand­chil­dren. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at a later date.

Re­mem­ber the sick

Let’s con­tinue to re­mem­ber Harry Smoot, Eu­gene Burke and Clarissa Leggett in our prayers each day. They have all been un­der the weather.

Re­lay for Life meet­ing

Be sure to at­tend the Rap­pa­han­nock Re­lay for Life meet­ing at 6 p.m. Tues­day (March 11) at the Wash­ing­ton Bap­tist Church (180 Gay St.). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Karen Wil­liams (540 635-4673), Ellen Tim­bers (540-937-8402) or Phyl­lis Grogg (540-3642640).

Len­ten ser­vices

The ec­u­meni­cal Len­ten Ser­vices oc­cur at area churches ev­ery Wed­nes­day through­out Lent; the first ser­vice is 7 p.m. March 12 (potluck din­ner at 6) at Wash­ing­ton Bap­tist (mu­sic pro­vided by Reynolds Bap­tist Church). This year’s theme is “Sym­bols of Sac­ri­fice,” and be­gins with guest speaker Rev. Sara Keel­ing. Through­out Lent, the ser­vices will ro­tate through the fol­low­ing churches: Wash­ing­ton Bap­tist, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Reynolds Bap­tist, United Methodists and Trin­ity Epis­co­pal. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 540-987-8137.

March birth­days

Birth­day wishes go out to Sam Snead, who cel­e­brates his day March 13; Stacy Clark, whose spe­cial day is March 19; and to a very spe­cial lit­tle girl, Aubrey Tay­lor Burke, who cel­e­brates her day on March 18. Other wishes for the month of March go out to Bar­bara Hud­son (March 23) and Ivy Racer (March 24).

Spring for­ward

Don’t for­get day­light sav­ings time be­gins at 2 a.m. this Sun­day (March 9). It’s al­most time to “spring for­ward” an hour. I’m look­ing for­ward to those longer days!

Erin Go Don­tez

Re­gard­less of your her­itage, you might cel­e­brate St. Patrick's Day on March 17 by sport­ing your best bright green shirt and meet­ing up with friends at your fa­vorite Ir­ish pub. But there's a lot more to the hol­i­day than sim­ply wear­ing green and knock­ing back a pint of Guin­ness. On March 15 at Gadino Cellars (92 School­house Rd.), Sper­ryville’s own Don­tez Har­ris will help you cel­e­brate St. Patrick’s Day with his eclec­tic mix of jazz, funk, blues and reg­gae from 1:30 to 5. No charge (though tast­ing fees ap­ply). For more in­for­ma­tion: call 540-987-9292 or visit gadinocel­lars.com/events.

New hours

Rap­pa­han­nock CFC Farm & Home Cen­ter has new hours start­ing this week. The co-op will now be open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day.

Gar­den Club meet­ing

Sam Quinn, Sun­ny­side Farm’s staff bi­ol­o­gist, pre­sents “Cre­at­ing a Breed­ing Place for Toads and Frogs” at 2 p.m. March 19 at the Wash­ing­ton fire hall for the Rap­pa­han­nock County Gar­den Club’s next meet­ing (re­fresh­ments and club busi­ness be­gin at 1). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact club pres­i­dent Sylvia Gar­cia at 540987-3121.

Ham and oys­ter din­ner

Wash­ing­ton Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue’s next all-you-caneat ham and oys­ter din­ner from 4 to 8 p.m. is March 15 at the sta­tion. Tick­ets are $ 25 ($10 ages 4-10; 3 and younger eat free). All pro­ceeds fund daily op­er­a­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 540- 6753615.

Keep in your mind that warmer days are com­ing soon!

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