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April 10, 2013

BRADBERRY: Plant goodness, harvest blessings

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Niagara Gazette — Some folks watch the insects, claiming for example that “when the gnats swarm, rain and warmer weather are coming,” “that a yellow butterfly flying in one’s face indicates sufficient frost within 10 days to turn the leaves the color of the butterfly” or that “wasps building nest in exposed places indicate a dry season and when hornets build nests near the ground a harsh winter is expected” or that stepping on an ant brings rain.

Of course we have our own unique weather here in Western New York where there is more than the usual spread of seasons. We have the tourist season which normally begins somewhere around Memorial Day, running all the way through Labor Day and beyond if the weather holds out.

We have our very own, albeit short construction season characterized by the buzzing of construction teams fixing up the roads leading into the city, the appearance of maintenance crews cleaning and fixing up the local parks and streets, and hopefully this year, continued clearance of vacant dilapidated structures.

Then, of course, the arrival of the usually stormy political season preceded by flurries of petitions, blasts of hot air, various forms of dancing, singing and brief tempests which when they finally die down, usually leave a pretty good mess for the next crop of politicians to harvest.

Regardless of what you believe or where you get your weather information, one thing is clear — the days are getting longer; the sun is rising about one minute earlier and setting almost one minute later every day.

It’s as good a time as any to start planting good ideas and good deeds; spring has finally arrived, and with it comes blossoms, blooms and for some, hay fever, but for everyone, a little more daylight, a little more time to do good, be good, and another chance to take advantage of another opportunity to make a fresh start.

Contact Bill Bradberry at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com.

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