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From floods to flowers: How the townsfolk of Timmins marked the end of winter

In this edition of Remember This, the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Center looks back on the signs of spring for the early residents of Timmins
A boy and girl take advantage of the warm weather and ride around their neighbourhood on their new tricycles. Timmins Museum photo

From the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Center:

Winter has been absolutely brutal this year but hopefully spring is not too far around the corner. Every town and region has their own sure signs that spring is on its way, and here are a few of the events over the years that have marked the change in season in Timmins.

Of course, changes in the weather are always the most obvious as the landscape, which was once shades of grey, is newly revealed. On a number of occasions, the Porcupine Advance mentions how quickly the snow vanishes, which is a hopeful vision for this year.

In 1942, evidence of the largest snow storm in many years had all but disappeared just two weeks after the event! On the other hand, flooding will be a concern to many.

In 1917, the downtown area between First and Second avenues was flooded and people were using rafts to get from house to house. The fire department used hoses from their new steam engine to pump the water down over the hill.

Aside from the weather, there are a number of events which mark the new season. The annual I.O.D.E. fashion show and tea was held at Sam Bucovetsky’s store where ladies could see all the latest spring styles on display.

The Timmins Citizen’s Band was hard at work tuning their instruments and practicing new songs for their first outdoor concerts of the season. And summer sports organizations like the Timmins Golf Club or the South Porcupine Football Club were planning a busy schedule of activities and electing new officers.

It’s time to say goodbye to winter and think about warm sun, green grass, and flowers!

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