By Bill Anderson
Mother Nature has been providing Rutland and vicinity with a roller coaster ride through the month of February, at least so far. The temperature has fluctuated from sub-zero to the verge of thawing a couple of times, with each change in the level of the mercury in the thermometer being accompanied by a change in the direction and velocity of the wind. On Wednesday, February 12, Lincoln’s Birthday, a 40 mph wind accompanied 2 to 3 inches of new snow as the temperature roller coaster began a plunge from the high 20’s to a predicted -15 below zero by Thursday morning, closing schools, courthouses and highways in its path. According to the assembled Wise Men, the changing locations and degrees of severity of arthritic aches and pains are as sure a predicter of changes in the weather as anything in the meteoroligists’ arsenal of scientific methodology, and the latest prediction from the Round Table is that Spring weather is bound to arrive sometime in the next 4 months, come heck or high water, or both. Something to look forward to!
Once again, on The afternoon of Thursday, February 6, sturdy volunteers in the Rutland community stepped forward, bared an arm and offered up a donation of a pint of 100% Grade “A” American blood to aid others in need of the life-saving fluid. According to local coordinator Janet Kiefer, 25 volunteers showed up for their donation appointments at the Rutland Town Hall and donated a total of 27 units of whole blood and red blood cells. Janet reports that there was one first time donor in the group. The February 6 event was the first of 2 blood drives scheduled for 2020 in the Rutland community. The second drive is tentatively scheduled to occur during the month of June. Among those who assisted during the February drive were: Janet Kiefer; Sheila Wyum; Joanne Harris; Renee Cramton; Diane Smith; and, Ron Narum. The post-donation lunch for donors was supplied by the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club. The Rutland community extends congratulations and thanks to the volunteers who assisted the professional staff during the drive, and to all those who donated the gift of life to someone they may have never met. Continue reading “The Rooster Crows – February 14, 2020”