Saturday is Recycling Day, 8-10 a.m. at the Alread Cafeteria. Then at 2 p.m. it’s Alread’s Fall Festival, followed at 4 p.m. with The Hobo Dinner & Chili Cookoff. Public’s invited.

“Over all it’s been a very good hay year,” says Dennis Berry, but the recent dry spell hurt the last cutting because the Bermuda grass didn’t grow much. Most were “real proud” of the second cutting and while delayed due to early wet weather, the first cutting was high quality. Dennis is our unofficial Crabtree News persimmon reader. He promises to soon tell us what the persimmon seeds have to reveal about the coming winter weather.

“I’m 99 percent sure it’s ready to go,” says Crabtree’s Louis Jackson. His Grand Experiment to convert a cottonpicker into a sugar cane picker and processor could be making its maiden voyage into the cane fields within 2 weeks. Recently he converted a large milk tank to hold the raw cane juice, built a 500 pound firebox to cook the juice and a large stainless cooking pan on rollers. He credits Leon Lemings and Dewayne Watson with solving his hydraulic and electrical problems. And says James Bagley gave him confidence and many ideas how to master the cane juice cooking process. Louis says as a kid the adults wouldn’t let him help with that part of the effort. More details on this story coming soon.

“Blooms of Note” going on now: Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia) a real showstopper with large pendulous flowers. It’s often seen in pots but can be overwintered here with heavy mulch and a good location. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

If you have info about the greater Crabtree and 16 West community call Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.