MARCH MADNESS is finally over! Spring arrived according to the calendar with the vernal equinox on March 20, but we've had some wintry weather since. Hopefully, there will be no more freezes and the only unpleasant weather might be severe April showers. Easter is determined as the Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, which makes Easter April 16 this year.

LENT BEGAN for Christians on Ash Wednesday, March 1. The Barnesville Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) sets up the Lenten services schedule which includes a variety of Christian services. Welcome changes I've noticed in more recent years have been the inclusion of Somerton and Bethesda churches, and the inclusion of Catholic and Friends (Quaker) faiths. This week concludes the weekly Wednesday evening services which will take place at the Stillwater Meeting House with Pastor Jean Cooper as the speaker. Maundy Thursday services were usually held in the First United Methodist Church, but this year the First Baptist Church is hosting the service with Minister Tim Snyder of Bethesda as the speaker. The BAMA services conclude with Good Friday services in the First Presbyterian Church.

APRIl BRINGS most activities out of doors after the long winter hibernation. Farmers are busy in their fields and gardens, and other residents are getting their gardens in order, their grass mowed and putting out their lawn furniture.

SCHOOLS ARE also in the spring flurry. Baseball season is underway, as well as softball, and track. Field trips are taken. Year-end program are being readied. The junior-senior banquet and prom are held.

EVERYTHING IS in bloom now -- leaves and blossoms are on the trees and bushes.

Aren't the downtown trees beautiful right now? It's a great time for a long walk around town or a hike in the woods to see all of what spring has given us.

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