The first sign of spring around here isn’t the crocus sprouting (we haven’t seen the ground since November) or the robins, or buds on the trees. No, here it is … the sap bucket. When those shiny silver buckets appear that means the sap must be running, which in turn means there is still hope that all this snow will melt and the trees will have leaves by May. And imagine my surprise this morning at the unlikely place I saw this harbinger of spring: the bank parking lot! So even though it certainly doesn’t look anything like spring around here today, there is hope for things to come.