FORECASTERS OF weather and politics both have made dire predictions for this Friday, the 1st of March. This column is written a week before that fateful day, but if todays forecast comes true, it will be memorable. If Congress hasnt passed a budget by the March 1 deadline, sequester will kick in with its drastic budget cuts. And, if March comes in like a lion the way the weather forecasters predict, were in for a bitter cold and nasty first week of March. That begins a month of several changes.

WE SPRING ahead by losing an hour of sleep and gaining an hour of daylight on the 10th as we turn our clocks ahead one hour and enjoy Daylight Savings time until it ends in November. We also change seasons. Winter ends and spring begins with the Vernal Equinox on the 20th. Springs full Worm Moon is set for the 27th.

BEFORE WE officially change seasons, history reminds us Beware the ides of march on the 15th. But, we can forget that and look forward to the Chamber of Commerces annual Business Showcase on the 16th.

CELEBRATING ST. Patricks Day traditions may have to be altered because it falls on Sunday when the partying may be curtailed by Sundays blue laws in effect in many places.

BELMONT COUNTY Commissioners will be here for a Town Meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday the 11th, followed by Village Councils regular meeting.

MARCH MADNESS in college basketball beings on the 19th and continues until April 8.

THE ENTIRE month of March falls in the Lenten season concluding with Holy Week events beginning with Palm Sunday on the 24th. Maundy Thursday is on the 28th, Good Friday on the 29th and Easter on the 31st. We can sing the Hallelujah Chorus and then go forward into April when the schools begin their spring sports schedules on April 1 (no joke).

jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate. She may be reached at