Well, we got some rain at last. I understand we are about 8 or 9 inches behind this year, and we were down last year. Regardless of the numbers, all we have to do is look around and see that things are hurting. Pastures, lawns, gardens, crops, ponds, springs, creeks and just about everything else needs water.

Rain or not, time seems to be passing quickly these days. I think it’s because I am so busy with a number of things. All spring and summer, we are getting ready for fishing derbies at the hatchery. There is at least one event every month from March until September. Thanks to all our supporters for helping us make these great fun things possible. The fishing derbies make many people, of all ages, very happy.

I hope you had a chance to visit the new extension office. If you haven’t I hope you will stop in and say hello. The extension folks are tightening their belts with the purchase of a building, but they are so pleased about finally having enough room to do the many things they do for us.

Russell and I stopped in to visit and found out they needed a work or conference table. They also needed a vacuum cleaner and a step ladder. Linda DuMonde, who runs the 4-H program, has been using her own vacuum. They needed a ladder to reach high places and to change the light bulbs.

In our home basement, we had a large table that Russell had restored so we were able to provide a table. Jody Cornett, manager of the Wal-Mart store in Neosho, heard their needs and donated a new vacuum cleaner and an eight-foot step ladder. Then John and Betty Wright had a wonderful filing cabinet to donate. Dr. Jodie Pennington, the sheep and goat expert at the extension office, was in need of a filing cabinet so we got that problem solved, thanks to John and Betty.

I shouldn’t be surprised, but somehow I am when so many people or businesses step up and help those in need. When these things happen, my belief in America is restored. And, my feelings for my fellow man are brightened at what they do. Giving is one of America’s most greatest hallmarks.

Congratulations to Doug Whitehead, a children’s author and illustrator who lives at Monark Springs. His book about the Neosho National Fish Hatchery caught the eye of the fish and wildlife service’s national archives in West Virginia. They have asked for a signed copy to be placed in the archives.

That’s good for Doug and good for the local fish hatchery.

Hope you all have your gardens in, or mostly in, and I hope we get a little more rain and plenty of warming sunshine. I can taste the tomatoes already!!

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.