Thumbs up and down

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Volunteer recipients

Congratulations to Kaye Hall Cummings and Timothy Luke Fowler, who have been recognized as recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

The two were saluted this week at a reception at The Enrichment Center in Sanford — Cummings for her role as a volunteer in a variety of activities, but especially for her role as a youth softball coach; and Fowler for his volunteer work for helping to make improvements at San-Lee Park.

These are just two of many volunteers whose good works and deeds help to make our community a better place in which to live and work.


THUMBS DOWN: Pollen season

There are many good reasons to celebrate spring, starting, of course, with the onset of beautiful weather and the accompanying flowers whose blooms adorn our landscape.

But one of the downsides of spring is pollen. It coats our cars, our homes, our clothes ... and for many of us, it causes the invariable sneeze and sniffle.

And unfortunately, as those of us who have been through a few pollen seasons know, there’s little we can do about it.

Susan Condlin, director of Lee County Cooperative Extension, aptly stated in a Herald interview this week, “It’s just one of those things where if you’re real sensitive, you might need to just stay inside or get some (allergy) pills.”

So until the season ends, we wait patiently. An occasional rain may come to help clean and clear the air, but in the meantime we bear with it as best as possible — and be grateful that the tradeout for pollen’s arrival is the end, at least for a long while, of the mess that winter threw at us. Pollen is a nuisance, but it’s easier cleaning that off our cars than ice, right?