How exciting it is to welcome in spring; it is a real gift from our creator as we watch nature burst forth into new life. The forsythia bushes are all a glow and in full bloom. The daffodils are springing up in many yards. One of the most outstanding views is to see all the daffodils that Leanna DeNeal planted along each side of her driveway on Route 22. Another great sight is to watch the trees start to leaf out.
Our joy for spring also brought much sadness as we laid to rest John Sheehan, but the funeral was a great tribute to who he had been as a part of this community. Between his family and his employees, they really did an outstanding job of making this last tribute one that we will all remember. Another great friend and much admired person passed away this past week: John Remancus, who lived a full 99 years and was our oldest veteran in the community. I had the pleasure of being a waitress in the diner that he and Harold Perkett ran for several years; what a great person. These are two citizens that have brought much pride to all of us over the years and will be greatly missed in the days ahead.
Several family members of Virginia Tingley Blanchard attended her wake and funeral this past weekend down in South Glens Falls. Her family came from far and near to pay their last respects. We also learned of Art Butler Jr's passing in March, he was part of our Heritage Group.
I had some very enjoyable visits this past week with Rita Benedict who is now home after her last knee surgery. A dear friend, Florence La Mountain, has returned to her home after spending the winter with her two sons. She loves her home and is delighted to be back. Another great visit was with Joyce Blanchard; she does not get out very much but loves to have visitors and we had a great visit.
I had a surprise visit from the youngest daughter of Clarence and Helen Stafford, Becky Swenson, and her husband. They were doing family genealogy and visiting local cemeteries. They also brought me some historical items from their family, pictures and other printed items, what a delight to visit with them. Each week more and more of our locals that go away for the winter seem to be returning. I learned that John Carver has returned from Oklahoma City where he had been visiting his son Johnny Carver and his family for six weeks.
The latest production presented by the Willsboro Drama Club was performed his past weekend, it was titled "The Last Four Years." This was performed by two actors and a five- or six-piece orchestra telling the whole story in song. It was a great performance and displayed remarkable skills by the two singers. Their next production will be in May with a play titled "Wit."
The Willsboro School Alumni will be meeting Monday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. in the Visitor's Center. Any interested alumni are welcome to attend to help make plans for this year's annual banquet this June.
Pok-O-Mac-Cready has some very interesting programs being planned for the spring season, be sure to look for one of their recent news letter that are around town, I found mine on the Post Office Bulletin Board.
Happy Birthday: T.J. Benway 4/18, Marcia Bierce 4/19, Patrick McCauliffe 4/20, Tyler Monty 4/20, Mary Berman 4/21, Melinda Knickerbocker 4/24. Happy Anniversary: Peter and Monica Feeley 4/20, and Bob and JoAnn McShane 4/23.