The last big holiday weekend of the Summer season is behind us but it seems the Labor Day weekend doesn’t have near the importance that it once did. Way back in the day, if you were in school prior to the end of the 1970’s you’ll remember that the new school year always began on the day after Labor Day. That was until a pair of blizzards effected the region back to back in 1,977 and 1,978. Schools in many districts in the area were closed for more than 2 weeks after the .78 storm and back then state education officials were far more strict in the way districts could make up lost class days. Students in some districts were attending classes that didn’t end until mid June. As a direct result, school district officials started moving the start of school years in to August, and that’s a trend that’s continued for more than 4 decades. Students and teachers in area districts, especially those who are in classrooms that aren’t airconditioned have to deal with excessive heat each August, but at least they can look forward to a school year that will end prior to Memorial Day. That’s the way I see it.