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Monday, March 13, 2017

We've enjoyed a pretty nice day - a little cold, but much improved over the last couple of days.  Tonight is still pretty chilly at 14 degrees, but it's not expected to fall below zero.  Tomorrow begins the big snow storm - upwards of 24 inches possible.  We'll see.  We are promised high winds along with the snow and schools will be closed tomorrow and probably Wednesday, flights canceled at the airport in Burlington, various meetings rescheduled and people being warned to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary since the wind is going to create havoc with whiteouts, toppled trees, utility lines down - all sorts of warnings.

We have plenty of gas for the snowblower and shovels at the ready!

When I was at the post office in W. Danville this afternoon, I found out this weekend the ice on the pond was measured at about 24 inches a few days ago. That's more than I would have guessed, but  with all the below-zero weather, that may even be a bit conservative.  Once the snow comes tomorrow, that will insulate it for a while, at least.  However, with that much snow (if we get 18-24 inches!) when the weather shifts and all that begins to melt, there will be a lot of water running into the pond off the hillsides.  This all makes for a very interesting Ice-Out Contest year!

I was at the Danville Historical Society today for a meeting.  It is such a nice building and I really enjoy meeting there.  It's an old building, but very well kept - a former home - it has good light and is bright and cheerful.  They are very fortunate they are able to be open to the public two days a week, year around.  Our committee got a lot done, and we're moving ahead with the history of West Danville. 

I'm also working on the Joe's Pond Association newsletter.  Reports are beginning to come in and I have contacted all the advertisers we had last time and found a couple of new ones, but I don't have a lot of news items, so if anyone has something they'd like to share - a new baby in the family, a wedding, special birthday celebration or some other exciting event that's happened in the past year, please send it to me.  It doesn't have to be long - just a paragraph and a picture.  It's fun to learn what our members have been up to and share their joy or interests.  Send to:  janebrown@joespondvermont.com.

If there isn't a blog with snow pictures tomorrow evening (or sooner) it will likely be because we have lost power in the storm.  I'll get some photos on as soon as possible, and hope others caught in this storm will send some to share.  Stay safe and enjoy the last gasp of winter! (We hope!!) 

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