GREEN UP DAY and Bears

Hi all, Just a reminder that Green Up Day is this Saturday and help is always needed. Salisbury residents meet up any time after 8:00 at Kampersville for supplies and directions. Leicester folks meet at the town office or the town shed, I’m not sure which because we are out of town. Or, contact Kate Briggs at Kate_Briggs. You’ve got all week to complete your assigned route if Saturday doesn’t work for you.
Kate, if there is more info you’d like out there, send me a note please.

It’s no surprise but we officially have BEARS around. I saw a sow with two small cubs in the field at the bend in Rogers Rd. a few days ago and a large boar was reported on Hooker Rd. at Lakeview Dr. It’s really time to take those feeders in if you haven’t already.
Here’s a shot from Chip Paison taken on the East Pittsford Rd. Thanks Chip. Mike

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Spring Colors

Hi all,
Warm weather has been slow to come in this part of the country, though we did have a couple days in a row in the 60’s that tended to get the blood flowing. Hard to find color is slowly starting to show up everywhere.

Thankfully, Kathy Dick captured the black and white that got this whole mailing started. A pair has occasionally been seen but it has mostly been a single. No pictures yet, but the eagles have been seen often.

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A bit of odd color with this leucistic canada goose from Sue Wetmore. This was taken in the West Rutland marsh.

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Here’s a found blue and white paddleboat. If it’s yours, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction to retrieve it.

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Rosie had to be fast to catch the colors of the warm jackets on the Midd Crew as they passed by. Another few days and those buds now struggling to burst will be leaves making this picture impossible.

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Every so often, we’ll get beautiful red clouds in the south reflecting the sunset out of sight behind us.

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Here’s some maroon on the ground under where our feeder hung. We have colorful finches galore as well as cardinals, blue jays, and red wing black birds. We also see several different woodpeckers.

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There are more common mergansers around than I remember in previous years. There are probably 3 times as many as you see in this flock, most are underwater.

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I believe this is a female common, it has a nest somewhere close just south of us.

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A male hooded merganser, I think, in front of us.

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From Kathy Dick, a red trillium and

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dutchman’s britches

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We finish with several colors as we look out our kitchen window at gray skies. Enjoy, Mike

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Thanks to our Annual Picnic Sponsors

Our annual picnic was a fun affair! Congratulations to Ryan Emilio who won the two charming Adirondack chairs, donated by Woodware of Middlebury to support our Association. And congratulations to Harold Zimmerman who prevailed in the live auction bidding war for a Warren Kimble-autographed Lakes Map. Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting our Association!

Sponsors included:

·      The Sweeney Family Foundation in rememberance of Alan F. Sweeney

·      A&W Restaurants - Middlebury

·      Bristol Beverage

·      Camp Songadeewin

·      DeBisschop Excavating LLC

·      Fire & Ice Restaurant

·      Kampersville Campground, General Store & Deli

·      Lynch & Foley, PC, Attorneys at Law

·      Otter Creek Custom Framing

·      Paddlers Pub

·      Two Brothers Tavern

·      Warren Kimble

·      Woodchuck Hard Cider

·      Woodware

Our 1st Annual Yard Sale

A few dedicated folks had yard sales despite the looming rain storm and spitting conditions. Turnout was decent and most shoppers said they heard about it thru the local papers. One member reported that it was worth the effort and made a couple hundred dollars. Not bad! It was a fun outing and a chance to meet fellow neighbors. Thanks to Chelsea for organizing and let’s try again next year, and to those we donated $145 of their proceeds to the Association!