Alread EHC presents the program “Endless Gardening” 1:30 p.m. Thursday in their clubhouse on 16 West. The focus will be on “making it easy” so that those with diminished physical capabilities can continue to garden. Subjects will include raised beds, tools and techniques, exercises for those with arthritis, plus much more. Printed materials will be provided. It’s free and open to the public.

Saturday is “Recycling Day,” 8-10 a.m., at the Alread Cafeteria. “Do it for the kids.”

Talked with Ray Berry about all the washing that had occurred on country roads due to the recent heavy rains. He said that the road up to the Crabtree Cemetery was in bad shape. He thought his son Dennis had equipment that would smooth it out and wondered if the county could provide gravel for the project.

Jim Gillam stopped to talk. He said he read the Crabtree News and particularly liked the continuing updates on Louis Jackson’s efforts to become the county’s molasses baron.

Turns out it was Jim who provided Louis with the pipe for the new irrigation system. There are a lot of us molasses lovers that would be very happy to see this project work out.

Marge Koone called about an event and then mentioned the trumpeter swans staying on several ponds out near Rex Road. I had to drive all the way to Boxley Valley near Ponca to see my first.

Early daffodils are now blooming near everywhere in the county. A neighbor called to say her trout lilies were blooming and mayapples were just starting to push up out of the ground. I saw my first dandelion of the season last Friday. Sounds like spring is rushing towards us. That’s good, right? The USGS says an early spring can bring out disease carrying ticks and mosquitoes earlier than usual; can cause an earlier, longer and more vigorous pollen season; and frost can kill off baby flower buds before blooming adversely affecting birds, bees, butterflies, and fruit production. Sigh.

Apologies to ACCDA for mentioning here last week an Alread Calendar listed event that had been cancelled. Note the phone number that follows can be used to call in such changes.

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