The Alread Earth Day Cleanup happens on area roads and at The Fun Park Friday and Saturday. Everyone is invited to participate. Then Sunday, The Fun Park Cleanup starts at 8 a.m. followed by the annual Earth Day potluck at noon. It’s about community.

The Neal Family Fundraiser saw nine contestants in the chili cook-off with volunteer firefighter Roy Webb taking top honors. About 80 folks helped the pie auction to raise nearly $2,000 for the burned out family.

Louis Jackson is getting his sugar cane field ready for planting next month. I recently saw him pulling a wagon loaded with rocks gathered from that field that seems to spontaneously produces more every year.

Johnny Fitsjurl called to say he added lemongrass, roselle and pablano peppers to his garden this year, and noted wildflowers golden ragwort and spring beauty were blooming.

Neighbor Terry has seen five hummingbirds at her feeders. I heard my first long-winded whippoorwill early last week. The dogwoods have started to bloom. But don’t be fooled, we can still get a frost. Be prepared to protect plants.

The annual Lyrids meteor shower peaks in the hours before dawn on Sunday. Expect 15-20 per hour although in 1982 there were as many as 250 per hour.

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