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By Larry Iles

I don’t know where you live, but one thing is likely. Whatever kind of winter you were expecting, the one you are having probably wasn’t the one you prepared for. One thing that must be learned early in every part of life is to always plan for the unexpected, and for many this has meant preparing for drought and floods at the same time, because you can move from one to the other faster than one might think. One of the advantages most of our readers have that others don’t is the ability to network with people who know how to cope with problems you may be unfamiliar with. Do you live in a normally dry climate that is having a very wet year? The AKCA has clubs filled with people who have a LOT of experience with heavy rains and their impact on a pond. Having a colder winter than you were ready for? The AKCA has clubs in some pretty cold places you could learn from. Do a little networking, get some help from fellow hobbyists. Friendship through scales is more than meeting up at Koi Shows after all.

While we’re on the subject of managing things at home, Jerry Kyle has some pointers in this month’s Learning with KHA column you might find helpful. Many things can cause you to experience similar problems, and once again Jerry has some useful tips for identifying the right cause and picking the right remedy.

Also on the health front, we have an update on the Project KHV Donations to share with everyone, and we also want to take the opportunity to say thank you to those who’ve already pitched in. This project represents a tremendous accomplishment already and we are honored to be part of it.

It is always fun to spend time at a few Koi Shows, ant this month Dick Hadley takes us along for the 10th annual Upper Midwest Koi Club Show. Not only do we get to enjoy the results of the show, but a great look behind the scenes at the innovative improvements they’ve made to the water management system for the show. From there, Judi Caputo shares the 5th Annual Tri State ZNA Koi Show with us, and you will not be disappointed. A beautiful venue for a fantastic show. These two shows have a lot to share, and great people are at the top of both lists.

As always, be sure to check out this month’s Calendar of Events. There is a lot happening right now, and even more to look forward to, so look closely for something great coming up near you.

This month we also get to take a look at the Koi of the Year awards for 2015-2016 with Garry Chin. Congratulations to the winners and all of the entrants who were kind enough to share their living jewels with us once again.

This time around we get to take 2 trips to Japan. We’ll start with Martin Symond sharing some time well spent with Tsuyoshi Kawakami, better known to most as Torazo. His family Koi Farm is one of the oldest in Japan and there is a rich history to hear. Then, we spring forward to a vision of Japan from the eyes of youth. Brendan Moody also has a story to tell, and at the ripe old age of 14 his first trip to Japan makes for an exciting read. I love his story, and so will you.

Once again, we have an artist in our midst, and her name is Bev Letard. Amazing art with an incredible story that you are certain to enjoy. Of course, no issue would be complete without a contribution from James Reilly, and this month he shares with us some of the definitive background on what makes our living works of art distinct from each other. Art in water and in water color, all within the same pages.

Last but far from least, you’ll also find the announcement for the 2017 AKCA Annual Meeting and Wet Lab in Pennsville, New Jersey. It should be a great time for everyone thanks to the excellent speakers and the hard work everyone from the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club is doing. Be sure to check it out and sign up soon. It is always time well spent for everyone who attends.

Thanks again for your readership and for your support of the AKCA.

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