In what seems to be more of an introduction to a Broadway play than a winter so far: “Ladies and Gentlemen, this year, March will be playing the role of January.” We have been through three seasons in the last two weeks.

Although this is leads one with a heating bill to rejoice, it comes at the chagrin of winter sports enthusiasts and ice fishermen alike. I, on the other hand, found myself in the backyard cursing at inanimate objects and hoping my neighbors don’t hear and become concerned.

The popular “underground fence” that keeps my Houdini of a husky in the yard indicated a “line-break” by the ever annoying and relentless beeping alarm from the receiver. After spending time fighting snow and ice by digging up the wire over the entire perimeter in search of a break (dressed for winter, but with spring temps), I was less than delighted to find there wasn’t one.

In a sweaty but failed repair mission, the beeping persisted throughout the night. As I began to head out the next morning to buy an old-fashioned tie-out, the fence had come back online without rhyme or reason. It appears the fence is as temperamental as I’ve become in my adulthood.

Now that winter has returned in all its glory, the plows are back in business. A couple of weeks ago, I admonished commercial users of the taxpayer sandpile. It was so effective, I’ve been tasked with some more.

This time, if you’re taking snow from your driveway and either 1) putting it in the road, because it’s fun to watch the plows send it downwind for someone else to plow, or 2) are pushing it across the street, because there’s just no room left in your own driveway, you are a town-ordinance violator. Even if your mother never imagined you’d turn to such a life of crime, the snow must find a resting place within your property markers. Moving snow into or across the roadway does make a hazard for vehicles to negotiate and makes the plow guys unhappy. If they’re unhappy, the police will be over for a firm discussion.

Looking for a way to lift yourselves out of those winter blues? Here’s an easy way to donate and cut down on the use of plastic shopping bags at the same time.

The Friends of Madison Library has been selected as the beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. Each time a reusable community bag is purchased from Hannaford in North Conway, for the low price of $2.50, the friends will receive a $1 donation. This benefit is for the whole month of February, so just before Punxsutawney Phil makes his weather forecast, head to Hannaford and grab yours.

The budget season is near its peak for the year. Those who have an interest in the amount that’s dished out for your tax bill, your child’s school services or town services, now is your chance to make your voice heard. The annual school deliberative session will be Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at Madison Elementary School. The school deliberative decides budget amounts that will appear on the ballot to vote on for the upcoming school year. The town budget public hearing will be Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Voting will be March 10 at the school, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and town meeting will be Saturday, March 14, at 9 a.m.

Are we going to raise the school budget by $5 million? Are we going to abandon plowing for the rest of winter and return to the old days where the roads were smoothed out by rollers? Maybe. Decisions are made by those who show up. Here’s hoping we can fill the halls and make the budget process a community event.

Bob King can be contacted

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