As I write this, it is the end of winter vacation week, and I just said good-bye to my daughter and grandchildren, who have to get ready to go back to school. Vacation went too fast, but the kids are eager to see all their friends again.

Do you want to know how fast time is going? I think about how often I have to refill my 90-day prescriptions. And the end of February is in sight.

A variety of community events sponsored by different groups happened Feb. 21 in Winthrop. The earliest was a fishing derby on Berry Pond, then Winter Fest, which included free dog sled rides and horse-drawn wagon rides and snowshoeing. And lastly was the Keep Winthrop Warm Chili-Chowder-Soup Throwdown.

For me, one of the highlights was the dog sled pull. The joy in my granddaughters’ laughter was memorable, and I can tick another item off my bucket list. Although the ride was rather shorter than I had imagined going dog sledding, it was a heck of a lot easier than a 100-mile Arctic trip. We got several trips around the field pulled by six to eight beautiful huskies eager to run around the field in back of the Middle School. Just watching them was fun.

I already am looking forward to next year’s last Saturday of winter vacation. Thanks to all who put these events together.

Priscilla J. Jenkins


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