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Editorial: The promise of spring

Bluebirds, daffodils, and new leaves on trees: Mother Nature is slowly coloring our gray winter landscape with the joyous tones of spring.

And with emerging springtime, we welcome back the Gloucester Daffodil Festival, the annual celebration of our county’s own distinctive bloom. We missed the festival so much after its cancellation last year due to COVID-19 … the first of many such cancellations that continue into 2021.

With changes for safety, the festival returns this weekend. It is the first baby step we have seen to the new reality. COVID touched everything. Happy gatherings such as the festival had to go into storage for a while.

Dropping caseloads of the virus and increasing vaccination rates bring the promise of more activities in the months ahead … if, if, if the numbers of new cases continue to fall. If not, it’s back to 2020.

Let’s enjoy the sunshine and the promise of a better year, and not let down our guard. No one wants the darkest days of the pandemic to re...

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