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Hints of spring coming
Two events tend to sneak up on your reporter this time of year, the beginning of daylight saving time and the township elections.
Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 9. Did you know that? There was a time we expected daylight saving time to get underway as we approach-ed Easter, but in more recent times, we have been springing ahead one hour in early or mid-March.
So, before going to bed this Saturday night, but sure to set your clocks one hour ahead.
As for the township elections, yours truly tends to forget about them during the gap between the filing period in January and the elections in early March. Something provided a reminder over the weekend. Maybe it was an old newspaper being tossed on the recycling pile. Whatever it was, it triggered some writing of a note to take to work on Monday and get something in this weekís issue of the Journal-Press to tell the voters they need to show up at the township polls on Tuesday, March 11.
Maybe the extreme and consistent arctic cold waves created a feeling that spring was still a long way off.
But there is hope. Daylight saving time begins Sunday, and the township elections are taking place next Tuesday. Warmer weather canít be too far away.
Whatís your water temp?
We have an item in the paper this week about checking your tap water temperature. The frost in the ground is about two or three feet deeper than usual this winter, and the tap water temperature can indicate if you are at risk for a water pipe freeze problem.
The tap water temperature at your reporterís home was 44 degrees a few days ago. Maybe all that snow in the yard is serving as insulation. The city says 45 degrees is normal. If itís 40 degrees or lower, you need to keep your water running and contact the city.
Thanks for the tip
Thanks, Joel Johnson, for a tip about Brooks Elling-son getting into the golf course ownership business. See the feature page for the story.