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Where does all the time go?

Youth Day is always the last Saturday in April, yet I never seem prepared when it gets here. I enjoy putting together the Winters Express Youth Day Special Section each year and every year I curse myself for not starting sooner, or doing a better job. There are merchants and businesses that I’m sure would be in the tabloid if I had time to call on all of them. Some, if not most, of my problems with time management are self-inflected. I start out selling the advertisements and looking for new pictures at the end of March, but the first few weeks seem to slip past and then it is a rush to get the section done on time.
Next year will be different. I’ll start next week looking for old pictures and will make sure the edition has plenty of room to run the whole history of Youth Day. I’ve already put notes in my file on which businesses I missed this year. I had Chaney Coman help me with updating the histories and making sure that the list of mayors and sweethearts was up to date, but then when I got to the end of the section, I was only up to 1980. Next year I’ll start on the back page and work my way forward, at least that way some of the newer people in town will see their names.
Mike Sebastian has been having a hard time lately after undergoing foot surgery. I wasn’t expecting much from him, but yesterday, right on schedule, there was a request for car signs. When I talked to him he was mumbling about the lack of entries this year. I think he complains every year, thinking about past Youth Day Parades where bands came from all over the area to compete for the title of best band. School districts are stretched for dollars lately and travel cost and other issues get in the way of bands getting to travel to different parades. Sad when you think about it.
We used to have a track meet on Youth Day. Teams would come from around the league and it was the perfect finish to a long day. The rumor was that they couldn’t get enough adults to help with a track meet on Youth Day, when everyone had family and friends over for a backyard barbecue. Sometimes life gets in the way of a good event.
For the last 15 years or so I have been helping barbecue sausage at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. I like to think that the main reason over 600 people show up is to eat the sausage. Like Doc Ernie used to say, “When God told Moses not to eat pork, he had never tasted Swift Premium.” It might not be politically correct, but Doc was right about the quality and taste of the sausage at the pancake breakfast.
If you think $10 is too much for one of the best breakfasts you will ever eat, show up before 7:30 a.m. and you’ll get a $2 refund. If you like the breakfast, it is okay to donate it back to the Rotary Club of Winters, or if you need the money, keep it for a half a beer at City Park that afternoon.
I wasn’t sure I should mention this in my column, but there is going to be a goodbye party for JJs on Thursday, April 23. If you would like to drop by and take one last look, the wake will be held between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. It is a fund-raiser for scholarships for students at Winters High School and Wolfskill High so bring your wallet. There will be cold refreshments and hot dogs. If you don’t think a wake is a good way to raise money for our kids, stay home and send a check to a charity of your choice. We won’t miss you.
Have a good Youth Day.