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Can we finally say Happy Spring and actually feel like it is?

Pictures of families celebrating by flying kites and taking visits to the zoo looked darned fine.

It was so good to crack the windows open, feeling the fresh air rush through, listening to the birds sing. I even got paroled from house arrest and managed to go for a couple of car rides. You can tell I haven’t been to town in awhile. I didn’t know the village streets were still unpaved and that the bridge was being worked on. With spring comes dry weather and danger of fire, though I hope the wildfire that was by Bruce Mound this past weekend was contained quickly.

Who says there is no such thing as Christmas miracles? Speaking of long time coming, it was finally time that Christmas in April, and two birthdays were celebrated. You would not believe how many times that event was planned and postponed for one reason or another these past few months. Best Buddy Sue brought her famous chili, I provided my almost famous “pickle things” and for dessert? Christmas cookies, of course. If I could have reached the plug on the CD player, we would have had Christmas carols, too. We exchanged gifts, I returned a heavy bag of books I borrowed, and we enjoyed some high-quality conversations we are so good at.

We always enjoy a visit from our Jason but it seemed like by the time he and his dad went to a movie and them watching the football draft I didn’t get to see as much of him this time. He even forgot to take the shrimp scampi I made for him to take back with him.

The April Village Board meeting was held on April 17 to accommodate the induction of new trustees Joe Forman and Charles L. Taylor. Mark Ebert was thanked for his service on the Village Board.

The Hixton Village Hall is the location of a food bank for those in need, held the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or until food runs out. Jackson County residents only, bring your own bag.

Congratulations to Kelsey Lien who was chosen student of the month at Blair Taylor School.

Kevin and Diane Cain had to say goodbye to daughter Cortney Gjesfjeld who recently moved to England to join her husband Erick, who is working at Cambridge University in a post-doctorate position.

Add Dexter Hanson to the April birthday list.

It is Hixton’s turn to host the Memorial Day services this year. They will be held on Memorial Monday, May 28 at 10 am. The guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

Hixton baseball is ready to go. Coaches for T-ball are Spencer Paulson and Glen Goldsmith, and rookie ball are Mike Yeskie and Justin Goetzka. Schedules will be out soon.

I love hearing about new gift shops in the area. Enchanted Memories Gift Shop’s Spring Occasional Sale was held this past weekend. Located at the Kari and John Klomsten residence in rural Hixton, three miles south of York. the shop features handmade upcycled, vintage, and metal artwork products. They will be open again for a Fall Sale.

On April 13, the Animal Science Class from Alma Center visited the Daniels farm in Hixton where they did a couple of workshops and heard a couple of speakers at Garden Valley Gatherings.

The Black River Falls Public Library will soon host its photo exhibit. The library will accept photos May 2 and 3. Photos will be displayed May 7 through June 1. Any person, any age may exhibit up to three photographs that must be framed or matted and ready for hanging. If photo is not signed, place name on the back of the photo or frame. Registration form needs to be completed when you drop off your photography. There's no official judging, but the People's Choice awards will be given. Photos are to be picked up on Monday June 4.

Fill a bag and help feed families. It’s time for the Stamp Out Hunger effort from the U.S. Postal Service. On Saturday, May 12, everyone is urged to place bagged nonperishable, non-expired food items near your mailbox. The donations will be picked by your letter carrier. Suggested items are pasta, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter and canned goods such as beans, fruits, vegetables, tuna in water, meats and sauces. Avoid glass containers. Donations stay in the local communities.

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