A Winters Express opinion column
By Charley Wallace
With the help of a friend and a couple city pubic works employees, a “new” tractor was placed at the south entrance to Winters. The big thank you goes to the Ralph and Josie Cuberos family for donating the tractor.
The old tractor was totaled by a car crossing over the bridge a few months ago. By the looks of the tractor, and his car, he was going way too fast and not paying attention. Who is in that much of a hurry at 6:30 in the morning?
There was a metal Winters sign on the island that was hit twice and is now missing in action. I’m hoping for the best for this tractor but I can see more signage and a speed bump in my crystal ball. Maybe a larger metal Winters sign would help.
There may be another tractor coming our way and an old spray rig, too. I’m hoping the city continues to find places for these lawn ornaments. I can’t think of a better way to honor our farming history than to put tractors and other farm implements on display around town. A small tractor may even fit on the sidewalk in front of the museum.
The Tractor Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, which would have been my mother’s 101st birthday. I’m hoping that other tractors will be on display around Winters by then. I’m ready to display my plywood Christmas tractor but I have problems with Christmas decorations appearing before Thanksgiving. Maybe as soon as the scarecrows disappear I’ll come up with a Thanksgiving tractor to fill the gap.
My permanent tenant suggested that we add a tractor to our street signs, like Calaveras does with frogs. Since I always agree with my wife, I’ll suggest this idea to our new city manager, Kathleen Trepa. We can start with the missing Newt’s Expressway sign next to the hotel.
THINK RAINFALL CONTEST. Joe the Weatherman has had a few days of measurable rains already this season, which started on July 1. We are way ahead of last year’s rainfall, but that isn’t hard to do. We had a total of 7.99 inches of rain last year, one of the driest on record. We average around 25 inches per year and I’m expecting this to be an average year.
My official guess is 23.45 inches for this year. If Crystal puts the official rainfall contest form in this week’s paper, you too can enter a guess with a chance to win $100 from the publisher, Taylor, and get an extra $25 if you are a subscriber. I’m working on other prizes, but I’m not in any hurry, the season doesn’t end until June 30, 2022.
You will have until Nov. 5 to get your entry to the Express, either through the mail or drop in through the mail slot at 13 Russell St. Please, no emails. I was disappointed in the turnout last year, so your chances were better than ever to be recognized as the best weather forecaster in Winters.
It would be nice if everyone took a break from whatever you are doing and enters the contest. Remember it is free and you can get your name in the paper, without being in the police report or the obituaries.
Have a good week.