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Taking in the beauty of a spring morning

By BARB LUMLEY Columnist Published: May 20, 2017 5:00 AM

What a beautiful spring morning! The sun is shining and a breeze is blowing. That should help to dry out those wet fields that the farmers have been waiting to get in to plant. No doubt there are a lot of tractors humming and some harness jingling as farmers head off to work. There is some wind this morning and the hay is tall enough that I can see the waves rolling through the lush green fields. Mowing lawns has almost become a daily job, as the grass grows back so fast. Garden rows will be filling up quickly with seeds and plants. Hopefully we won't see any more frost.

Spring cleaning is under way. A lot of "dust bunnies" are being chased out of corners and from under beds. Windows are sparkling again and have been thrown open to let in the fresh spring air. Closets are being cleaned out, clothes sorted through, and along with various other items, prepared for yard sales or Goodwill.

I have to get busy this morning, as I have two columns due. It would be so enjoyable to just sit here sipping my coffee and watching the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. They have been here about two weeks and needed their coats on a couple of those frosty mornings. A friend of mine has a nest of baby robins and some baby rabbits. She also has a baby opossum getting into her cat food every morning! The neighbor's baby beef calves are sleeping in the sunshine.

It is hard to believe that we are past the middle of May. The children will soon be done with school and enjoying their summer vacation. High school graduations are being held, parties planned and families are planning their vacations. For some families June will mean weddings, receptions and family reunions.

June will be a busy month for members of the Ohio Holstein Association and their families. Plans are under way for the Ohio Holstein Summer Sale, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 11, 2017, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster. It will be an evening sale. Consignments are currently being chosen. For information contact Dave Gunkelman at 330-464-3259 or dgunkelman@yahoo.com, or the Ohio Holstein Association office at 330-264-9088, email oholstein@sssnet.com.

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The District 3 Open Invitational Holstein Show will be held June 17, 2017, at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover. Showmanship classes will begin at 10 a.m. Judge will be Phillip Topp, Topp-View Holsteins, Botkins. Entries are $4 per head, and entries are due by June 10, 2017. Late entries will be accepted until 8 a.m. show morning at a cost of $10 per head. Entries should be sent to Louise Harding, 4364 Schilling Hill Road NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. For information, contact Louise at 330-432-7430; or Nathan Steel, show chairman, at 330-260-0626, email nathansteel08@gmail.com.

The Northeast Ohio District 1 & 2 Holstein Show will be June 24, 2017, at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds, Lisbon (note the change in the location of the show), beginning with Showmanship at 9 a.m. For information, contact Steve Moff 330-482-9018, smouric@aol.com.

The National Holstein Convention will be June 28-July 1, 2017, at Bellevue, Washington. The delegates from Ohio are Paul Haskins, Rohaven Holsteins; Ken Janes; Jason Miley, Miley Holsteins; Steve Moff, Ouric Holsteins; Julie Renner, Renwind Farm; and Ryan welch, U-Dean Farms. The National Convention Sale will be Friday, June 30, 2017.


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