We’re well past the first day of spring and looking forward to the nice days of May where flowers start to blossom, home gardeners prepare their vegetable gardens, fishermen line up their getaway schedules and golfers hone their skills for a long summer. And still we’re talking about Old Man Winter and that powerful punch he landed during his favorite time of the year.

He left most of us dazed and frustrated for a good portion of the cruel winter season. Cold and breezy weather, snow, sleet and mixtures of rain and snow. He left us with icy roads and snow piles that hung around for months. In the meantime, we still had to go to work, kids had to go to school, people needed to get to their doctor or dentist, the mailman and paper carrier had to deliver their goods. After all every citizen in the M&M area didn’t flee to the confines of Florida, Arizona and other warm weather hideouts and leave many of us behind to face the wintry cruelty.

Many schools were forced to close for safety reasons. When people were unable to get to the store for shopping, that left the checkouts at some of the retail and eatery outlets lonely and so the bosses closed up shop. People missed work because they couldn’t shovel fast enough. Even the usually dependable mail delivery carriers and newspaper carriers were stopped in their snow tracks a couple of times. It was a horrible winter.

School doors will soon be closing for a well-deserved vacation, but many of them have to make up the school days that were chalked up because of the weather. And our state governments will have something to say about that.

In the Stephenson School District in Menominee County, students and parents were left wondering in April when the final day of the 2018-2019 school year would come to an end. Classes were canceled about 17 times in the rural mid-county district. The state allows six snow days for the year, which can be applied to the lost days. That leaves 11 more days for balancing out the school year.

Superintendent of Schools Ron Kraft informed the school board the state three additional days would be allowed. State legislators were compelled to wrestle with the possibility of allowing other potential “forgiveness days.” Each superintendent was required to apply for the additional “no-school days” and then come up with a plan on how to implement it.

We realize opinions varied from district-to-district on both sides of the Michigan and Wisconsin border. Instead of being able to work on the busy spring schedules. especially in the month of May, superintendents, principals and other school officials were left to deal with the haymaker delivered by Old Man Winter.

For instance, spring is the busiest sports schedule for area high schools. Girls and boys — track and field, golf, tennis, baseball and softball. Transportation schedules, umpires and other officiating crews need to be rescheduled to prevent conflicts with their schedules. Proms were held during the foul weather, musicians had to postpone practicing for their traditional spring concerts. 

Well, you get the point. It was one big winter mess that spilled into spring. We didn’t appreciate what Old Man Winter did to us poor souls in the M&M area and we hope he will treat us much kinder next year.