March 21, 2022

It has been nearly 2 years since we had seen Michelle Younger. Michelle worked for us for 10 years before going out on her own as a musician. Then she came back got married and had a little surprise. That’s her little Naomi in the background. Now almost 2 years old.

Nothing say "Spring" like these twins….Olive and Scarlett, born premature, now are healthy and growing at a faster than normal pace.

Saturday was the busiest I’ve seen the store in a long, long time. People were in and out all day. We’ve hired a few more people including a great full-time repairman, Mike Cinanni. We also have a former employee who’s come back to work with us again. Some may remember, "Sen" Neitz…who work for us a few years ago. He’s back to help reorganize the store. With added staff we may consider opening the store a few more days a week. Especially with Jazz Fest for returning to our area.

….And nothing says spring like the first ice cream from Seneca Farms which recently reopened for the season.

The Vernal Equinox

March 21st, 2022

Good Morning Folks,

"in Just- 
spring          when the world is mud- 
luscious the little 
lame balloonman 
whistles          far          and wee……"  

So begins the classic poem of the season by e. e. cummings with its images of children, flowers and a goat-footed balloonman. Today, it finally is spring with…all of its newness, its promises, its light and its hope. Spring restores balance to our lives with equal amounts of light and dark…hence, the "vernal equinox". 

This also marks two years since the beginning of the shut down of the world. The great pandemic of 2020 seems to be winding down and, perhaps, our lives can once again find a return to some kind of "balance". Yet deep down I feel that there is no more normal. Many people have really reinvented themselves during these past two years. Hopefully we all have gained experience during the time we had to introspect. We have seen folks change jobs, take up new hobbies, re-access relationships  and relocate to other parts of the country. Time will tell whether what we learned from the pandemic will be put to use to change ourselves and our society to a more livable and equitable world. I am patiently awaiting…

Sincerely,

John Bernunzio 



Saturday was the feast of Saint Joseph, a sure sign of spring. I made these classic breads and delivered them to all the members of my family.

The streams are flowing ….filling up the lake and moving the ice through the outlet…it’s spring!

I saw this sign on a newly expanded trail on Sugar Creek, at the outlet for Keuka Lake in Branchport.

Julie in Den Hague exactly two years ago ….we hope to be back there in a month.