Spring arrived on Monday Morning, March 20, put in one day on the job and then took the rest of the week off. The last few days of Winter were quite nice, up to 50 on Saturday, March 18, up to 64 on Sunday and into the low 50’s on Monday, but cold and wind returned by Tuesday morning, greeting local residents with 20 degrees and a brisk northwest wind as they ventured out on the first full day of the Spring season. As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” How right he was!
Amid the tens of thousands of Canadian geese, snow geese, blue geese, mallards, pintails, teal and bluebills that flocked into Sargent County this past week after spending the Winter in warmer climes, was one of the rarest of the rare, a snowbird seldom seen but often heard, the Old Curmudgeon, also known as R. Harrington Bradbury III, Millionaire, who arrived on a wing and a prayer at his Summer roost in Rutland just as last weekend’s warm snap was ending on the evening of Monday, March 20. He and Janet had spent the Winter at the Warren Ranch near Rapid City SD, where they experienced more snow than usual, but less cold than was visited upon this region of the country. Awakening to 20 degrees and a biting northwest wind on Tuesday morning, Mr. Bradbury commented, “Hope I can find a parka, long johns, winter gloves, neck scarf, ear-lap woolen cap and, just in case, a set of snow goggles.” By the time he finds them, Spring will be back. The Bradburys’ many friends here extend a hearty, “Welcome Home!” Read More