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We enthusiastically welcome spring, a time for new beginnings

Each season of the year brings a certain feeling along with it. Winter is a time of warmth and coziness. It conjures up a mental visualization of blazing fires, warm blankets, and families and friends gathering to enjoy the holiday season.

Spring on the other hand, blows in on March winds, bringing with it the hope of new beginnings and rebirth. As the spring rains wash away every trace of winter’s snow, it also seems to wash away past sorrows and pain, leaving us with a fresh new start. If ever we needed to look to the future with hope, it is now. You do not have to look very far to see those hopeful signs. They may look a little different for each of us. For some, it may be the local greenhouses exploding in a riot of color, or the trees around us bursting into bud. For others, it takes the form of a newborn lamb, or the fuzzy chicks at the farm store. For all the anglers out there, spring signals the beginning of trout season and to the treasure hunters, the beginning of flea market and yard sale season!

No matter what it is that you look forward to with the arrival of spring, it is certainly a time to celebrate. A time to pull out the porch furniture, uncover the pool, ready the kayak and begin enjoying the local outdoor festivities. The Juniata River Valley has so many choices when it comes to things to do outdoors. We have the river and streams (be sure to pick up the new Waterways Guide produced by the Visitors Bureau), hiking, biking, as well as outdoor entertainment at our local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Spring also signals the beginning of many local fairs and festivals. We are also fortunate enough to have several well-maintained state parks within an hour’s drive.

I also hold out high hopes that this spring will bring an economic rebirth to our community. As vaccines become more readily available and our thoughts turn toward the outdoors, I trust there will be an infusion of community support for our suffering small businesses. I know I have said it before, but I feel it warrants saying again, please think local first when you are in need of goods and services. Those dollars spent within your community, stay in your community and provide a greater chance for our local economy to recover. Yes, our communities have experienced great change over the past year, as have all our lives, but spring is a beautiful reminder to all of us that change can be a beautiful thing.

Stop by the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Lewistown anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to pick up a Waterways Guide, information about our state parks or grab a schedule of events. You can also request information by emailing info@juniatarivervalley.org.

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Rhonda Moore is executive director of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at rhondam@juniatarivervalley.org.

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