■ The roads were cleared (thanks to the CF Public Works) of the late winter blast, and power restored in just a couple of hours. During the brief outage, not only did we have no lights or power for the fridge and stove, but the outage affected our plumbing as well. With no water, we brought buckets full of snow in to flush. Once power was restored, our water was brown for a while until we cleared the sediment. It is interesting how dependent we are on electricity. Without it, what is there to do? That was a lesson to me about being still, thinking and meditating. Actually, it was kind of a nice break in the action, though I'm glad it didn't last too long. - Sue S.
■ If you are stumped about what to get mom for Mother's Day, stop out to St. Ansgar's for the annual plant sale this Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon. There will be a wide variety of annuals, perennials and vegetables. Proceeds from the sale will go to youth activities.-Bev S.
■ The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is returning to Cannon Falls! Their concert entitled "Voices of Spring" will be performed at St. Ansgar's on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.northfieldartsguild.org, or by calling 507-645-8877.-Bev S.
■ That tiny endangered wildflower that only grows around here and no place else in the world is trying to bloom. (Snow smushed some.) Check with the Chamber for new sightings or our website: www.paulrosie.com. If you find a new colony on our site we name it after you. So far we have colonies named for Linda, Laura, Welby, Carol, and Derek.-Rosie S.
■ It was a Friday evening in February. There was a big event at the High School. No snow to shovel, for once this winter, so I was getting my exercise at the Fieldhouse. I shared it with about 30 kids, from (I guess) 1st grade up to Senior. From time to time, a parent came to drop off or pick up their child. Other than that, no adult supervision. And no trouble. Just kids hanging out and having fun. What a tribute to our town. And what a resource the Fieldhouse is for our community.-Paul M.
■ Save the date! Friday, May 17, 7-11 p.m. at Mill Street Tavern, downtown Cannon Falls. Our Guatemala Mission Group from Spring Garden Church is hosting a fun evening with great music. Two exciting local bands will be playing for your listening and dancing enjoyment. "Untitled" is playing at 7 p.m. and the "Loose Cannons" take the stage at 8 p.m. You'll have a chance to win some great prizes: Kenny Chesney concert tickets, Twins tickets and a colorful hand made quilt. Please come and enjoy a night of great music. A free will offering at the door supports our health mission trip to Guatemala in August.-Val H.
n My wife has signed up for the "do not call" list on our home phone and her cell phone. To no avail. We get 4 or 5 telemarker calls daily, mostly on her cell phone. And the area codes are all different. Michigan, California, Illinois and all over the country. How do we stop those calls? - Dick D.
n Ah, the joys of living in the country. Recently we had a herd of deer walking through our yard about 6 p.m. Must have been 10 or 12 in that bunch. They are magnificent to watch. Then earlier, in broad daylight, we had an opossum climbing a tree 2 feet outside the kitchen window. It was after a suet log hanging in the tree. We tried to scare it away, but it got the suet log anyway. - Dick D.