Editorial: Hello, autumn

Hello, autumn. We’ve missed you.

Well, the air of fall, anyway. We’re sure many folks around here may not miss getting back into the regular work routine and kids may not miss going back to school. But we have missed you, autumn. We’re looking forward to your crisp air, your weekends filled with football, craft fairs, and fall festivals. We’re also looking ahead to that beautiful fall foliage. We’re already seeing the deep greens on tree leaves transforming to shades of orange, red and yellow. Those leaves will soon descend from the branches and land on front lawns and in the streets, meaning we will soon have to get our rakes and leaf blowers out of the closets to keep the lawns and streets as clear as possible. And while many of us will say we hate “pumpkin spice everything,” we bet plenty of people will enjoy some pumpkin-flavored goodies, whether it’s lattes, donuts or a classic favorite, pumpkin pie. We’ll take ours without whipped cream, but enjoy as you like.

Fall is a season that some people are embracing more. While we craved the arrival of summer and some warmth, the heat and humidity was too much for some of us. So it will be nice to cool down and feel the embrace of a jacket or sweater on days out shopping, exercising, harvesting fruits and vegetables or cheering on a favored team.

Fall also means that we will have less time to bask in the sunlight. Seeing the sun disappear from view at 6 p.m. can take some getting used to after months of the sun being around until mid-evening. But it’s kind of nice to see the streetlights on a bit sooner. Those lights will be burning bright as early as 5 p.m. after daylight saving time ends on Nov. 1.

Most important, the fall means elections. It’s a chance for you to have a say in how your town operates for the next few years. Of course fall 2016 will seem more newsworthy as Americans will elect President Barack Obama’s successor. But local elections matter plenty. So keep reading, asking questions, become informed and then head to the polls on Nov. 3 and make your choices, whether you want to make major changes in town government on think the current team in office is doing fine and deserves more time.

So soak in the fall and enjoy all that comes with it. Don’t blink, though. Because winter isn’t that far away.

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