Our day started off bright and sunny, about 25 degrees - kind of spring-like, but now we have lost the sunshine and the thermometer is at about 34 degrees, so it seems we may be in for some much-needed snow. Unfortunately, it'll probably be the wet, heavy variety, so not quite what we'd like, and I don't think we're supposed to get a lot.
Things are moving in the right direction, though. Fred and I just came back from Hastings Store where we met with a TV crew for Lyndon State College's Channel 7 News Channel. It seemed early to us, but I guess it's getting close enough so we can use the publicity. They interviewed me and also Diane Jejer who happened to be the clerk on duty at the store. In years past, Homer Fitts has been available, but Homer is living in Barre this winter and headed for Florida right away, so the interview fell to us.
There were two really nice young men, Jerry, who did the interviewing, and his photographer, but I didn't catch his name. Very professional, and did a good job. They said the interview will be on tonight's newscast at 5:30. We'll have a link to it as soon as the college posts it. In the meantime, here are some pictures Fred took during the interview.
On our way home we noticed there is a lot of activity on the ice. According to reports at the store, we have about 20 inches of ice this year. Last year about this time we had 25 inches. The fishermen say it's because we've had a milder winter and also we had some rain a while back. There isn't a lot of snow on top of the ice, so not much to insulate it, but we also haven't had the prolonged, deep cold that generates thicker ice, either. All that could change in a matter of days, though.
There is a sign for "Fresh Perch" at the store, but Diane told us those come from Champlain, not Joe's Pond. Garey said the local fishermen are fishing for themselves, not commercially.
By the way, here's the Lyndon State web site in case you'd like to look it over. I think there is something called "similcast" or perhaps that's not quite the word, but it's when their news is broadcast for TV and appears at the same time on the web site. I don't know if they do that or not, but here's the web address: