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Darker hours setting in brings preparation for a Rico winter

Last week, I mentioned that the trees may think that it is springtime and begin to bud, thinking that winter is over. Don’t we wish! Well, not really, because we love the beauty of winter. Skiing is a wonderful sport; snowboarding is too, of course. It is all the fun things that go with skiing, etc., that makes it so much fun, especially when one is in good condition and not too old — and I mean really old, like us! We enjoyed years of skiing, camping, fishing and all the fun sports. Some citizens ski when they are up in years, if they stay in decent shape. Some even into their 80’s. Lucky.

Anyway, we are watching the temperature decline when the sun disappears behind Mt. Expectation around 4:30 at this time of the year. As you all know, we do not have sunsets with all the colors. Actually, we do enjoy a semblance of a sunset, but it is high up in the sky above the town with the mountains interfering. The saying goes that if one cannot have the mountains to live in, you must have the sea — one or the other. We want the mountains and the sea and it seems that the majority rules — mountains for most of the year, but when ski season ends and the slow season is in effect, where do all our friends go? To Mexico, or somewhere that has sun, sand, sea and seafood.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the courthouse this coming Sunday at 1 p.m. This is always a perfect time to see our friends and neighbors. Bring a side dish if possible, then just relax, enjoy a super dinner, and renew and discuss all the good times we have enjoyed through the years. The church will be preparing for the event on Saturday after lunch and if you want to make yourself useful, show up and help set up the tables and chairs for the dinner. I am not joshing, fellow citizens — try it; you might enjoy helping out. Not that you haven’t done it before; many of you have been helpful throughout the years.

Because winter hours are setting in and our workforce arrives home after dark, everything slows down in our peaceful little town. When snow covers everything on our earth, we hear the laughter of youngsters mostly on weekends when they all take to the hills in town. During the week, it is — sadly — too dark to play outside.

Marlene Hazen has lived in Rico for two decades. An active member of the community, she participates in organizations such as the Rico Women’s Club and Rico Historical Society.

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