Hello neighbor. Spring is finally here, and with it comes beautiful, sunny days outdoors hiking, walking and biking, planting flowers that will soon color your world, and playing with the kids or grandkids.
But, with the change of season also comes some work — inside and outside — so get those mops, sponges, rakes and tools out of storage, because you’re going to need all the help you can get.
According to Good Housekeeping, you should think about using your dishwasher for more than dishes at this time of year. Load it with light fixture globes, toys that won’t melt, toothbrush holders and more. It’s a quick and easy way to get things sparkling again.
Good Housekeeping also suggests that you wash your windows on a cloudy day, because the sun can dry the cleaner too quickly and leave streaks.
Use doormats inside and outside your doors — you’re more likely to trap all of the dirt on the bottom of your shoes if you do, and try to dust all of the forgotten places in your home.
If your curtains need cleaning, then wash and dry them, but if they are simply a little dusty from the long winter, throw them in the dryer on “air only” for 15 or 20 minutes and watch the dust and lint drop away. You’ll also want to dust your lampshades.
All you need is damp rubber gloves to remove pet hair from furniture and a vacuum cleaner to get into the crevices — and don’t forget your mattresses.
And, remember — downsize, downsize, downsize. Get rid of unnecessary and forgotten items. If you haven’t seen it or used it in a year, toss it.
These suggestions will give you a good start on your spring cleaning, but if you want to keep going, visit: www.goodhousekeeping.com and look for spring cleaning tips.
THE RECORDER’S SUMMER VALLEY GUIDE will feature a free calendar of events. The deadline for submitting your summer event is Monday, May 15 — this is for events happening between June 7 and Labor Day. Email information to: firstname.lastname@example.org and write “summer” in the subject line. Or call 413-772-0261, ext. 265.
GREENFIELD SENIOR CENTER will be showing the movie “Amelia” on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s the story of the legendary American aviatrix Amelia Earhart. It stars Hillary Swank and Richard Gere. Pizza will also be served. Choose from cheese, meat or vegetable for $3 per person (two slices and a beverage.
IT’S CINCO DE MAYO at Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls on Friday at 1 p.m. until the food runs out. There will be different “heat” monitors involving salsa and nachos. Stop by. The public is welcome to the free event.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH ROSARY SOCIETY will hold its annual spring rummage, tag, book, plant, toy and bake sale on Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Father Casey Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St., Greenfield. Cash lunch will be available both days from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chili, chop suey, ham salad finger rolls and baked beans will be served. There will be a $1 bag sale at noon on Saturday only.
FRIENDS OF THE GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its two-day spring book sale on Friday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the library on Main Street in Greenfield.
SECOND ANNUAL HEART TO HEART Reverse Raffle will be held Friday, May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Terrazza Ristorante at Country Club of Greenfield, 244 Country Club Road. Tickets are $50. Sponsored by Montague Catholic Social Ministries. 413-863-4804. email@example.com
LOCAL HISTORIAN ED GREGORY will be in the cockpit as he takes people on an interactive video presentation on Saturday, May 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Your plane will take off at the “airport” in South Deerfield and proceed to cruise over numerous aerial views of Turners Falls in 1954. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
CELEBRATE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with Mini Comic Con activities at Greenfield Public Library on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be lots of activities for all ages. Comic book artist Andrew DelValle will be on hand with demonstrations on illustration techniques. You’ll also have a chance to participate in a make your own comic craft. The program is free and open to the public.
GREENFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY will open its doors again to the public on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’d like to know more about Greenfield, this is your chance.
UNITED CHURCH OF BERNARDSTON is holding an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. to benefit Relay for Life. Corn fritters, pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, tea and milk will be served. Adults are $7, children ages 4 to 13, $3. Tickets will be at the door. There will also be a bake sale, drawings and the annual hanging basket sale. Hanging baskets are $22 each.
THE 13TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW will be held at Yankee Candle Corp. headquarters on Sunday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Yankee Candle Way off Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield. There will be a free shuttle to Yankee Candle’s flagship store. Free admission and parking. There will be raffles and food, as well.
GREENING GREENFIELD will hold a 100 percent renewables informational meeting on May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Olver Transit Center on Olive Street in Greenfield. Is 100 percent renewables possible? What are the benefits? How do you get there? These questions will be discussed.
There will also be a meeting May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St. in Orange, and May 13, at 4 p.m. at Arms Library in Shelburne Falls. For more information, visit: www.fccpr.us or www.greeninggreenfield.org. You can also visit: www.mapowerforward.com/100re
AN AREA MAN is doing research of the history of the old Bill’s and Famous Bill’s restaurants, which were in Greenfield from 1927 to 2008. If anyone has memories, photographs, souvenirs or postcards to share, especially the original issue of Ford Times magazine from the 1960s, which made Bill’s famous, call Russ at 413-768-0705 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTAGUE COMMUNITY BAND will begin its Summer Concert Series in June. Concerts are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Peskeomskut Park. They are free and open to the public. The audience should bring chairs or blankets. Concert dates are June 12, 19 and 26 and July 10 and 17. There is a rain date of July 24. Visit Montague Community Band on Facebook.