Winter is a season of rest for Mother Earth. In the part of the world where I live, winter is a time of dormancy and usually a good helping of snow and cold. This year we’ve had less snow than normal and until recently the temperatures had been unusually moderate. There are times when winter can be very beautiful and today was one of those cold but lovely winter days. After work I came home to a driveway that needed cleaning. Fortunately for me I own a snow blower that helps me keep the driveway clear. Friday is Ground Hog’s Day in the United States and Canada. Every winter we hope that the ground hog will see whatever he is supposed to see that signals an early end to winter, but each year winter in our area seems to last into mid-April. Soon area landowners will begin to tap maple trees and some of the sweetest maple syrup produced will come from Cattaraugus and Allegany County sugarbushes.