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Elements of season begin to spring up

The elements of spring are everywhere to be seen.

The pair of mallard duck honeymooners from last year have returned to the yard with high expectations. Flower bulbs are hesitating but could be persuaded by a bit more sun. A pussy willow tree is offering fuzzy partners when daffodils appear. 

Another signal: Rummage sales. The one at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church on East Main Street in St. Charles starts Thursday, April 18. St. Charles Congregational Church rummage sale week begins Monday, April 15. I suspect Mister Z to donate to the former and fill those empty spots at the latter. Whatever happened to spring clean-up?

We managed to get out and about after voting on Tuesday. (Good wishes and high hopes to the winners. Nice try to the others. Wish we could recycle all those signs with a freshly painted message to do something positive such as “slow down” “eyes on the road” or “go Blackhawks.”

On a try-something-different pathway, we had an embedded commercial message from that drive-thru with a taco namesake. Time to give it a try. What? No forks, no napkins, just runny food and a bit of attitude. 

On to the new coffee place in downtown St. Charles. The coffee – OK. The scones were soggy and the parking lot’s a nightmare. Drivers education tip: If you move your car, we can back out and then you get the space. Honking is for the geese.

Sunny at Dunkin’ Donuts, hurrying back for your warm welcome, effective service and mighty fine coffee. 

I will stay on that same inner drive pathway to Beef Shack and the 7 Eleven where my winning lottery pick has yet to surface, but hope abounds.

Have you marked April 26 on your calendar? The annual Arbor Day celebration begins at 4 p.m. on that Friday at Lincoln Park on West Main Street in St. Charles. Check out the writing and coloring contests and give a good thought to our precious trees.

A final, somewhat painful reminder of springtime many years ago: Skipping school to go to the dentist in Oak Park to have braces tightened, then on to Wrigley Field.  

Now, with straight and pearly teeth, it’s deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said: Enjoy the season. Shop those sales. Feed the ducks.

• Joan Arteberry is a long-time resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other Friday. Write to her at

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