Well, many Madison residents made it. Through a winter that provided nasty cold and even worse weather, a good measure of us lasted throughout the darker months with nary a sniffle.

Now, however, since the temperatures have warmed and peeks of sun have shown through the blankets of never-ending clouds, I have had the pleasure of sharing a head cold, the likes of which are likened to an Evander Holyfield right-cross.

Although it’s never polite to take pleasure in the misery of others, it was somewhat comforting to bear witness to others in town with a cache of tissues, lethargic movements and runny noses. Misery does, in fact, love company.

As if it weren’t enough, I peer out the bedroom window each morning, and I cannot help but notice the growing pollen buds on the pine trees that raise up like a not-so-nice finger gesture. This is the annual omen of the yellow clouds that will be among us soon.

Not all is lost, however, as the beaches will soon be assembled, and so will the crowds to enjoy the space, sun and free time at Silver Lake. A report card of sorts was received by the town hall that, unlike many I’ve received over my youth, I am happy to share with you. The department of environmental services has reduced the number of the testing sites on the lake, because we’ve received an “A.”

With results ranging from 95 to 99 percent clean since 2003, Silver Lake is among the cleanest swimming areas in New Hampshire. As goes with all other report cards, simple but conscientious efforts to maintain these levels is paramount to stay on this honor roll.

The Madison Garden Club is a group of volunteers that join together with a mission to beautify our lovely town. The club is looking for members to join, which not only consists of the arrangements of botanicals, but trips and other activities are also organized throughout the year. Annual membership is $10 per family. If you’re interested, contact Paulette Lowry at (603) 367-9455 or Nancy Carlson at info@farmtotablemarketnh.com.

Currently, the Madison Trail of Flowers Committee has coordinated many of the barrels along Route 113 and beyond. If you would like to coordinate personal containers to this effort, the color/plant theme is: silver or gray/dusty miller, fuchsia or magenta/million bells, yellow/tall marigold, lime green/sweet potato vine.

At the library this month, get help filing for low- and moderate-income homeowners property tax relief on Wednesday, June 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the library. Find out if you are eligible, and get help filling out the application. Bring a copy of your December 2018 property bill, and the first two pages of your federal income tax form for 2018, if you file one. Deadline to file is June 30.

The library is holding a college financial planning workshop at the library on Monday, June 24, at 6 p.m. with Sarah Groleau from Thrivent Financial. When should you start saving? What should you be considering when looking at the price tag of college? Where will your money work best for you? Will you still be able to retire? Join us to have these and many more of your questions answered. Free and open to the public.

The Friends book sale is back. Come to pick up your beach reads on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon in the John F. Chick Room. Lots of books, movies and audios.

Sign up starts for the summer reading program June 17, adults, teens and children welcome. Summer reading weekly events begin on June 26, at 2 p.m. and continue on Wednesdays until Aug. 14. Don’t miss our bookmark contest…pick up a form at the library, color and return by Saturday, July 13. All ages can participate (adults, too).

The Madison Book Group is reading “The Day the World Came to Town” by Jim DeFede and will meet on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. for a discussion. The Kids Book Club is reading “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” by Stacy McAnulty and will meet on Thursday, June 20, at 3:30 p.m. Snacks, your thoughts and fun activities, too. Come in and pick up a book today.

Don’t forget our weekly events: mahjong every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays at 10 am story time with Cam, perfect for ages 2 to 5.

For more information about Madison Library events or services, call (603) 367-8545.

Last week, as with every year, Madison residents made a strong showing to the services at Gilman Cemetery for Memorial Day. It’s heartwarming to share this experience every year with the level of support that it receives, despite the battle with the ever prevalent mosquito population. The kids took part to decorate the graves of soldiers with a new American Flag that the soldiers fought to preserve, and the Kennett High School marching band was on hand to display their impressive talents for the ceremony and parade with our town veterans.

Hope you’re able to get out and enjoy the springtime weather. I’m off to find an antihistamine.

Bob King can be contacted at rjking203@outlook.com.

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