by David DeJohn, NHCLP
Welcome to Spring 2021!
It’s March 21, the first day of spring, as I sit here in the bucket of my Bobcat watching the fire underneath the evaporator boiling sap into syrup and trying to get a jump on these notes. I believe this is our 20th year with our little backyard operation and these quiet moments in the woods never get old.
What some of you may be thinking that does get old is the fact that, yes, I’m back at it again for one more stint as president of NHLA. I can imagine some of you, maybe many of you, rolling your eyes and thinking “OMG is he going to be writing about that dog again and telling us which Grateful Dead songs go great with wall building?” Well… yes… and no. New pack of dogs, way more music to tell you about for all sorts of projects but also, I’m sure, reflecting on 2020 and the beginning of 2021 and the extraordinary roller coaster that it has been.
I hope you all were able to ride it out safely and stayed healthy, and I’m sure you stayed busy. As an industry we were obviously very lucky to be able to continue working, and the demand for our services was surprising. This year looks to be as busy as last year, and it will be interesting to see if it’s as difficult as last season to get materials. We also seem to be heading into another dry spring and possibly another drought, so that’s another issue on the horizon as well.
With that being said, NHLA has managed to get by during all of this, and though we missed out on a lot of our usual educational opportunities last year we are moving ahead this year with getting back to Twilight Meetings, the Golf Tournament, and a new NHLA Field Day scheduled for next year that we are especially excited about. Keep your eyes open for more information about that.
Thank you to Jim Moreau for the great job as president for the last few years and especially during this past year. I, for one, certainly appreciate the work you put in and the good humor you did it with. Thank you also to Pam Moreau for all her work as business manager of NHLA. She has kept us organized throughout this strange year and set up our monthly Zoom meetings so the Board was able to meet and take care of NHLA business without too much trouble.
Well, I guess that’s it for now. Just reintroducing myself as the president for 2021, and to say thank you again to Jim and Pam and all the Board members. Have a great season and be sure to watch for more information for all the upcoming NHLA events!