Ah Spring… The Hummingbirds Have Arrived!

Zander plugs his ears while his dad sings and the hummingbirds buzz outside. Photo by Blaine Howerton
By Blaine Howerton, Publisher
North Forty News

As I write this, I just finished my weekly drive and route deliveries from Livermore to Red Feather Lakes to Glen Echo and down Poudre Canyon — and in these rural areas, the pick-up rate is 100% so I find it especially gratifying.

Even after living in Colorado all my life, it still amazes me how different the weather can be in just a 70-mile radius. Last week’s snow is still melting in the high mountains yet at my mountain property, the hummingbirds, those tiny marvels of energy, have already arrived — I love Northern Colorado!

A hummingbird feasts. Photo by Blaine Howerton

Ah Spring! First comes Cinco De Mayo, then Small Business Week, and then Memorial Day!

While on my route, I felt so exhilarated that I cranked up the stereo and sang at the top of my lungs. My young boys in the back seat rolled their eyes and plugged their ears. I figured a little singing of Taylor Swift would get them into the spirit — hey, I did my best but they weren’t buying it.

You may be surprised that each week the three-hour drive on the route puts me in a good mood — especially when I get to talk to our subscribers. One of our driveway delivery subscribers in Red Feather Lakes turned his head when I rolled up in my car. I got out and handed him his paper in person. I think for a moment, I scared him as he seemed to think I was serving him. I was — with our newspaper! He was so surprised and then, he recognized me and I’m not embarrassed to say that I was glowing with pride.

Each week I feel a sense of accomplishment when we create yet another edition. With a very small staff, in the four years that I have owned this newspaper, we have served our readers with more than 80 editions of North Forty News and the New SCENE Magazine. And we’re not done yet!

I say it regularly, but I can’t thank enough the people who support us through their subscriptions as well as our advertisers for being a part of North Forty News. And if you picked up North Forty News from a free newsstand — thank you! As our reader, you are supporting us too.

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