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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    We had a pretty nice day today and temperatures actually got into the low 20s above for a short period mid-day.  Another zero or below night, but no wind, fortunately, which is a big relief.
    Here's a link showing what some folks do with their spare snow.  I'm not sure we could make much with this dry snow we have without applying lots of water to make it stick together.  I hate to think what a cold job that would be.  Anyway, take a look HERE.   Thanks to Cousin Ora for sharing the pictures our Cape Cod cousins sent to her.
    Fred had an e-mail from our friend in Anchorage, Alaska today and the snow was melting there - temperature high listed on the national weather site at 6 p.m. their time was still in the 40s and the low tonight expected to be in the 20s range.  It seems we are stuck on the wrong side of the weather systems this year.  Things have to change soon, though.  It's almost March and time to think about sugaring here in the north country.  People are often already tapped and ready to go by town meeting day, but I guess that won't be the case this year.
    I'm transcribing notes from a diary kept by long-time West Danville farmer, Douglas Blackadar, and apparently the winter of 1917 was very harsh.  He wrote on February 10th:  Arctic weather again - blowing like blazes.  On March 18th he wrote:  Snowing and drifting all day - cold as February.  He was unhappy about the hard winters and the weather that was often unfavorable for farming even in the summer, when there might be rain for days on end leaving no chance for hay, the mainstay of every farmer, to dry.  There were times when he obviously thought he'd chosen the wrong place in which to settle and farm.  However, one year he had two ministers working as hired help during haying and for whatever reason, all went exceptionally well; he credited the ministers for that.
    I've actually just begun transcribing the notes, and we are very  happy to have this record for our West Danville history.  Sifting through diaries takes time, but often there is very important information in them.  We'll see what tomorrow brings for information -- as well as weather.

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