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 I’ve gotten to the age, it seems, that sleeping is somewhat optional. I woke up at 6am for no reason other than my body (or mind) decided I’d had enough of being horizontal and it was time to get cracking. I wandered downstairs, hit the coffee pot switch, walked into my office and started picking up around my desk. As I cleared away yesterday and headed back to the kitchen, my half-full cup of water slipped out of my half-awake hand and splattered all over the floor. I’m just going to look at it as starting the day with a clean floor, a clean desk and a clean slate. Some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue. But most days, it’s all in your perspective.
     The spirit of Springfest was alive this weekend with a number of traditional activities and some new events. The Children’s Fest at Stow Community Park saw a lot of action with kids bouncing along and loading up with free refreshments. Photos of the weekend can be found on page 7 and more are available at, thanks to the generous and talented Greg Troxel.
     Also on tap this weekend was the Boy Scout Troop 1’s celebration of their 100th anniversary. Ann Needle was live at the Collings Foundation to bring us the action.
      And we finally were able to make way for the tick and Lyme disease story. Nancy spoke to people on the professional side and the personal side. The widening scope and potential health hazards of the disease make the reading very worthwhile.
     A special thanks to Ellen for her coverage of both the boys and girls track teams this week. There are a tremendous amount of results and individual scores to pour through and document and we appreciate her thoroughness.
     Lew Halprin reminds us that Memorial Day is around the corner. As in years past, Stow will once again remember its Veteran’s of War with the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies on Monday, May 28 at 2p.m. Transportation from Center School along the parade route is provided for those veterans unable to walk the course.
     We wish you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

Cyndy Bremer, managing editor,