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Well, here we are at the sixth month of 2017, the midpoint of the year.

The “mayhem of May” now behind us, June arrives. It marks myriad things — that 2017 is half over, that summer is coming and, most notably, the end of another school year. In the case of high school and college seniors, preschoolers, kindergartners and students finishing elementary and junior high school, it signals the end to school milestones and the beginning of new steps toward the future.

Until those next steps begin, there is summer. Students look forward to the next 2 1/2 to 3 months lazing in the sun, air-conditioning and surf (ocean or pool, take your pick), sleeping in and activities outside of academics. No doubt teachers look forward to some well-deserved time off as well! OK, with several relatives and friends working as teachers, I KNOW they do. Yes, they DO work hard throughout the year, even shortening summer to start preparing for another school year. But that’s another blog and another subject.

For parents looking ahead to another summer, and wondering where to go and what to do on a budget, take a look at today’s Republican-Herald edition. A special section called “Summer Fun 2017” features an array of places to go and things to do within driving distance and Schuylkill and surrounding counties. From amusement parks and museums to state parks and water parks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

So as strains of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” start resonating in your head or on the air, get ready for some fun in the summer sun!