When March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. At least that’s the conventional folk wisdom. But, what happens when March comes in like a polar bear, as it has done this year, with sub-zero cold, wind chill factors that are even colder and no sign of letting up any time soon? As Minnesota born folk-singer Bob Dylan might say, the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, and there has been plenty of wind this winter. Only 2 weeks to go until the Vernal Equinox and the first day of spring, but there’s been little sign of a loosening in winter’s icy grip, yet. Across the northern U. S., 100 million people are in much the same predicament as the soccer team whose airplane crashed in the Andes Mountains of South America several decades ago. The plane hit the mountain near the crest, impacting in 10,000 years of accumulated snow and ice. The survivors didn’t know that only a few hundred feet above them, just over the mountain’s crest, lay the verdant green of the Amazon Basin and rescue. That’s where we are. Behind us is the endless winter, eternal ice and snow, bitter cold, and brutal winds. Just a little way ahead, hidden from view by the mountain’s crest, lies the green and growing fields of spring, sunshine, blue skies, and release from the confines of winter. All we have to do is keep moving ahead to get there. It’s out there, just a little ways up the road. Keep moving folks. Don’t give up. We’ll all make it together. Just a little bit farther to the green, green grass of spring.
The season of Lent began on Wednesday, March 5, and down in New Orleans the Mardis Gras season ended with the big “Fat Tuesday” celebration on March 4. Here in Rutland, the closest thing to Fat Tuesday were the preparations for the 30th Annual Rutland Sportsmen’s Club’s Great Northern Pike Fish Fry, which will be held on the evening of Friday, March 7, in the Rutland Town Hall. Five hundred tickets have been sold, and all will be ready when serving begins at 5:00 p.m. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the event the Club will be awarding door prizes to ticket holders throughout the evening. The volunteer firemen of the Rutland-Cayuga Fire Department will also be holding a cash raffle in conjunction with the event.
A ticket for the fish fry is guaranteed to get you your limit, but some folks prefer to get their fish the old-fashioned way, by catching them. Roger Pearson and Jim Huckell took Jim’s ice-fishing house out to BuffaloLake on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 4, and Roger reports that they managed to bring in a nice catch of medium-sized crappies. The ice is thick, Roger states, and where the wind has swept it clear of snow, it is also very slick. Jim’s ice-fishing house has spent most of the winter parked by the Mahrer Construction Company’s shop on the north side of Rutland, but the fishing was not very good at that location. With no let-up in cold weather in sight, there are some predictions that ice fishing will continue through the summer this year. Read More