Labor Day Weekend 2021 has arrived. It’s hard to believe that the year is less than four months away from ending.

While most youths in the region have headed back to class, some still await the ringing school bell and the rigors of homework, studying and, let’s not forget with the ongoing pandemic, masking and social distancing. Some school districts had today (Friday, Sept. 3, 2021) off. Some even gained an extra day off Thursday (Sept. 2, 2021) due to flooding problems. My children did. Wow, a five-day hiatus and the school year isn’t even a month old!

Who, among the parents out there, recall the great days where summer lasted through August and school didn’t start until after Labor Day? My children got to experience that last year due to COVID-19 woes. Their district remained unsure with the scheduled start — a week before Labor Day — so officials resorted to the traditional start. It was kind of nice.

No matter the amount of days off, enjoy the beautiful weather that the region has been blessed with this weekend. It is well deserved following the deluge that Ida dumped on us Wednesday (Sept 1, 2021). It made for a mess for many — and for some students, a shorter school day. Get outside and breathe in the fresh air and soak up the warm sunshine. Fire up the grills and cook some scrumptious food, then stay outside and enjoy it together. Visit area parks and amusement resorts and check out other events occurring this weekend. Bid an unofficial farewell to Summer 2021 making memories to last a lifetime.

Take care and be safe this holiday weekend!