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It’s still another few days till the vernal equinox, on March 20 this year, that marks to official start of spring, but there are some signs out there.

For example, crews were at work this week finally clearing away the debris from the Pine Yard restaurant fire last December at Davis Street and Oak Avenue.

And, in a sign of just how hard the winter was, the shredded fabric cover over the Union Pacific viaduct was blowing in the pre-spring breeze this afternoon.

The fabric, installed several years ago for the dual purpose of disguising the sorry state of the viaduct’s paint job and to discourage pigeons from nesting on it, seems to now be failing at both purposes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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