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| Monday, March 21, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Make it happen: Private donors could be sought to restore the 101-foot water tower in North Park. A total restoration of the 1937 icon, whose observation deck has been closed to the public for decades, is estimated to cost about $500,000. But interim fixes could make it accessible as other work commences. And that, we suggest, could be funded, in part, with a nominal admission fee. This tower with its phenomenal view is worth the effort.

Oh, where, oh where: The search has commenced for that rarest of rare Pittsburgh bird — a Republican candidate for mayor. That bird, if it can be found, would face Democrat incumbent Bill Peduto, who's expected to seek re-election next year. The GOP traditionally has blamed the city's overwhelmingly Democrat voter-registration edge for either having no candidate or putting up one sacrificial. But if Pittsburgh truly wants to be a renaissance city, Republicans must step up to the plate.

It's really here: Spring arrived Sunday on a snowy note. And the Monday morning icy crust on many vehicles certainly was not welcome. But long-range forecasts suggest March, which came in like a lamb, will baaaaa-out the same way. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) It's certainly good news for those who make a living selling spring products. And its great news for those with visions of wonderful gardens, flower and vegetable. Here's to spring.

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