Although winter's demise might bring a tear to the eye of skiers, snowboarders and other misguided icy outdoor types, the approach of the new season is a great reason to celebrate.
Down Washta way, the pre-spring season celebration is joined with an added fine fanfare as the local populace and other assorted bookish nabobs give out a March Madness rim shot and a couple of Irish jigs for pint-sized peruser Zevon Wipf as he accepts the mantle as the River Valley March Reader of the Month.
When the old school bell tolls, marking the onset of another academic day at River Valley Elementary, this young reader can be found front and center at his desk in the first grade classroom.
Known around the environs of his classroom as somewhat of a by the numbers sort of guy, it will come as no surprise to discover that Math wins hands down as Zevon's top subject this school year.
He also avers that Mr. Jenness is having absolutely no trouble holding down the top spot on his list of favorite teachers this term.
Although he's only a couple of steps into his academic years, Zevon knows that reading is necessary for one's education.
"Reading is important because it helps you learn and become smarter," Zevon says.
This March reader always enjoys each and every one of his visits to his school's library.
He says he is lured there by the availability of all the good books found on the library shelves.
As far as his own preferred reading list is concerned, Zevon never passes up an opportunity to read a book in the SpongeBob SquarePants series of tales.
He also notes that he has recently polished off Where are the Wild Things? and gives it a thumbs-up rating.
Like any other active first grade scholar, Zevon enjoys his extracurricular activities.
When not hard at work at his studies, he can be found either playing up a storm outside or watching a movie, his idea of some quality freetime fun.
As far as his future plans are concerned, Zevon hopes to one day follow the cash flow by becoming a banker.
Until it's time for him to make that first high risk loan, however, Zevon Wipf will be spending a lot of time hanging out at his home on Whisman Street in Washta.
His parents are Tyler and Mandy Woltman and Terry and Sheena Wipf.
He has five siblings...Darien, Mitchel, Lizabeth, R. J. and Otis, one fish and two cats named Zoe and Fudge.