It’s too bad daffodils can’t bloom all year long |

It’s too bad daffodils can’t bloom all year long

In a perfect world, daffodils would bloom year-round, supermarket tomatoes would not taste like wood shavings, and the Lake of the Pines swimming pool would be full of chlorinated water instead of standing empty surrounded by mud and rebar.

God planned for 11 months of anticipation before the brilliant yellow spectacle of a daffodil could be briefly enjoyed – that order of nature cannot be changed. No sooner does the buttery rich bloom shoot forth from the rain-soaked earth than the fickle March sun dries it, leaving it brown and withered

Supermarket tomatoes, on the other hand, watch out. Your competition is coming this summer to the Lake of the Pines area. A certified farmers’ market that will sell delicious, vine-ripened tomatoes will operate at the Red Wagon Restaurant on Combie Road Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. from July 11 to Sept. 26, 2005.

In conjunction with the Nevada County Certified Growers Association, the Foothill Farmers’ Market Association (FFMA) will provide an opportunity for farmers, craftspeople, bakers and food producers to market their products.

“Between our two organizations, we’ll be able to offer customers access to fresh specialty produce from several sustainable and organic farming operations,” said Christina Abuelo, market manager for the FFMA. “In addition to local farms, buyers may see some high quality handcrafted merchandise like jewelry and soaps from talented local crafters and artisans.”

Local vendors who produce or grow their own products are encouraged to apply for membership in the FFMA. For more information or an application, call 823-6183 or send an e-mail to

The LOP swimming pool is behind schedule. According to Ralph Kendrick, president of the LOP Board of Directors, this is mainly due to the unusually wet winter. The contractor has given an April 20 date for the completion of the pool portion of the project. Beyond that, there will be landscaping and sewer issues to complete. Ralph believes that the pool will possibly be operational by Memorial Day weekend, and definitely ready by the end of June.

Ralph, along with the other LOP board members, are volunteers. They each serve three-year terms and are replaced annually on a rotating basis. That is, every June, either two or three board members are relieved of duty. The reason they do this is for continuity. They do not want to replace an entire board every year with inexperienced members who may not be familiar with current LOP issues. In June, Ralph Kendrick’s three-year term will be over.

As many of you are aware, there is a May recall for all members of the LOP board – just one month before Ralph Kendrick would be ending his term. Why is there is an effort to recall the board, an effort costing the LOP Association thousands of dollars in administrative and legal costs, when board members can be voted in or out of office on a regular basis? I have to wonder.

A special thank you needs to be extended to the Bear River Garden Club for their efforts in the planning and redesign of the front entrance landscaping. After speaking with Liz Campbell, Garden Club president, it was brought to my attention that one club member, Connie St. James, did much of the groundwork to set the project in motion. She was able to secure funding from the Pinesmen and the Firebelles to make the beautification a reality.


Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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