In what was just a month ago, a mountain of the seemingly never-melting pile of snow had amassed out of each window of my house, subsequently casting doubt about this year’s groundhog’s prediction with each passing day.
Now, the joys of spring have arrived, where not only am I continuing to enjoy the same snow pile (minus about 1 foot), but the ice jams on the roof have made their unwelcome appearance by trickling their way toward whatever inconvenient opening they find in my ceiling.
Mixed with the mud in the driveway that serves as a reminder that the next “joy” is black flies, I am uplifted each day on my way to work, where the snowpack is retreating on the back nine at Indian Mound Golf Course (home of the Madison Scramble). Soon, the game of golf will provide me with sufficient frustration as to forget this seemingly eternal winter.
Town meeting was a success this year, as far as town meetings go, with the appropriations and budgets approved with little modification. Once again, this includes the fireworks show that will return to Burke Field during old home week this summer.
The only article rejected was a petitioned warrant article aimed at the town abandoning the municipal trail, formally known as Kiljockety Road. The road, albeit small, is steeped in Madison history, which many locals spoke on. In an overwhelming defeat of the article, the voters agreed not to forfeit Kiljockety (or is it Kenjockety?) and preserve the land atop Goe Hill of generations past.
Another part of history and a very active part of our present, is the Madison Church. Monthly from September to May, a Church supper is held in the spirit of community, at the elementary school. There are many moving parts to the supper each month, from buying the groceries, prepping, cooking, setting up, serving and cleaning.
Each phase is accomplished at the hands of tireless volunteers that devote countless hours to provide the success that this supper achieves each month. We are now in need of a new core of volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves, and tackle the many jobs that will need to be filled for this upcoming September’s vacancies.
Even if you’re not a member of the weekly church congregation, the volunteer spirit will be welcomed with open arms that will quickly put you to work. Also, if you’re on the fence and trying to decide the right time or reason to go to the Sunday morning services, I can assure you first hand that the Madison Church is one of the most welcoming places in town. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m.
Coming up at the elementary school, the kids have been hard (and I mean hard) at work preparing and rehearsing for the upcoming drama club production of “The Little Mermaid.” Rehearsals have been in the mornings, afternoons and weekends, as the drama club strives to put together this show for every interested member of the community. The evening show is Saturday, April 13, along with this spring’s “Be Our Guest” free community dinner put on by the recreation department. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the show at 6:30 p.m.
April 30 is fast approaching. “Yeah, so what?” you ask yourself as you were about to turn the page, but are now drawn in as if thwarted by your own interests. Now, if I was a director for this commercial, I would have your dog come and place it’s head in your lap, before flashing the reminder to “get your dogs registered” up on the TV screen. I’m not a director, but do enjoy reminding you to get Fido to the vet for his rabies shot. Please, allow me to also remind you of the gold-colored doghouse that is this year’s ornament that you may triumphantly place upon the collar. The less-than-welcoming letters from town hall will begin to arrive after the deadline.
Once this task is complete, and you also obtain your similarly colored 2019/20 beach/transfer station permit (if you haven’t already), then you’re well on your way to successful citizenship for the year, and may enjoy the services of the town hassle-free. Maybe then go and take up some time on the golf course (after church, that is).
Bob King can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.