by Mary Ronen, Staff Writer

After a cold and wet few months, it’s nice to have March here at last with its promise of brighter, warmer days and of course, the first day of spring just around the corner on March 21.

In the meantime, we can celebrate Mardi Gras on the first— maybe with the recipe for a caipirinha you’ll find in the pages of this issue, a return to Daylight Savings time on the 13 th , some wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day, and perhaps planning a spring birding trip like the one our sports editors embarked on recently. If you would rather stay inside, there are two opportuni- ties to enjoy live performances this month. Both Ludlow Village Players and Port Ludlow Performing Arts are tempting us with a play and some music.

Community development grants. The Chamber rolled out its second round of grants as part of its Community Development Fund. This round is being used to help businesses launch or expand a program to create new jobs and fill a community need. Details on the awardees are listed on the Chamber web site. Women in Marine Trades meeting. Later in spring the Chamber will host a virtual event highlighting women leaders in the maritime industries, past, present, and future. Registration for this free meeting can be found at jeffcountychamber.org/events. Never thought of yourself as a rancher? Well, you might be a “kitchen rancher” as you will find out when you read Edibles this month.

The March Voice is packed cover to cover with something for everyone.

As I am working on this issue of the Voice, I am reminded of the many dedicated people who make it all work. Some are rela- tively new, and some have been around for a long time. Some have moved away, or simply retired. And there are some who have passed on. One who just passed a few days ago was Janet Force. Janet was our South Bay editor for over 10 years before she retired a couple of years ago. In addition to being one of our staff members, she was one of the founders of the Port Ludlow Performing Arts. She will be truly missed by many of us here in Port Ludlow.