Spring has sprung and the green of the season is making its way up from the ground to the tops of the trees.  Our April showers were few and far between during the first part of the month, but they made up for it toward the end. 

Who is ready for summer?  WE ARE!!!  The unofficial kick off, Memorial Day, is just around the corner.  Make plans to get here. 

Bill's Marine has rental boats ready to go in the water and Bill's Outdoor has the water trampolines and toys ready, too. 

If you're planning a cook-out, be sure to check out Working H Meats.  No hormones, no steroids, just local, grass-fed meats.

There's been a lot of talk about the 17-year cicada brood V that is supposed to emerge in our area this year.  They are expected to come out of the ground once the soil reaches 64 and usually after a rainfall.  That should happen sometime this month and they'll be around for about 4-6 weeks.  Here's my prediction, for what it's worth...  I think they will be more of a nuisance in lower elevations and around the lake we'll hear them more than we see them.  We shall see...

The Boardwalk will be open Monday - Saturday beginning May 16 (right now they are closed Mon. & Tues.).  Sunday operations will begin on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  The grill will open on weekends only beginning May 20 and then full time on June 16. 

Grand Central Home Furnishings is now featuring a line of Sunbrella Performance Fabrics -- furniture that is perfect for rental properties because it resists fading, is easily cleanable and is extremely durable.  Stop by and check it out.

I'm noticing what seems like a lot more housing starts this spring than we've seen the past couple years.  'Tis the season for construction, I know, but hopefully a good sign of continuing recovery.

Our mild spring has allowed some a bit of a jump start on summer.  I'm noticing a lot of personal boats in earlier than usual, too. 

Northern High School senior, Alexandra Miller, was selected as a finalist in the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair and will now move onto the Intel International Fair to be held this month in Phoenix, Arizona.  Fifty students from our county attended the fair and came home with around $150,000 in scholarships to area colleges and universities. 

Jaclyn Jacobs, a Northern Middle School student was presented with the 2016 Maryland Letters About Literature Finalist Award.  Jaclyn is the daughter of Carol and Parker Jacobs, owners of the Aquatic Center. 

Local high school graduation will be held on June 4 and the last day for underclassmen will be June 7.

Get $5 off a mani-padi combo at Cobblestone Hair Studio this month.  Get those feet sandal-ready.

The ASCI whitewater course opens for the season the weekend of May 14.  Get your reservations now.  Also, new at Wisp this year -- archery and orienteering!  And because we all like to save a buck... Wisp 16/17 ski passes are 20% off through the end of June. 

See you on the water,

Marta Schroyer