LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The month of April symbolizes many different aspects of life in America.
One of the most important is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which draws attention to the ongoing issues of abuse and neglect that many children experience.
National Autism Month goes hand in hand with the child care theme, as these special children can use all the help they can receive. Ditto for the parents and other family members who face daily challenges in their roles as caregivers.
National Playground Safety Week falls into the safety category for children, although some of us old folks still like to take a good swing and feel the air lifting our remaining hair as we seek to see how high the metal braces of swing sets can carry us.
Administrative Professionals Day on April 23 offers some recognition to those dedicated employees who keep the office running correctly. With years of secretarial experience under my belt, the appreciation of a good secretary or other office personnel is invaluable to any business. These employees are often the first person to leave a lasting first impression on the general public and a friendly, knowledgeable person is definitely a plus for business success.
Volunteers and medical staff are also recognized with their own day during April, as is Earth Day, which focuses on the environment. Locally, the week of Earth Day offers Clean-up Week and allows Laurel County residents free dumping at the Laurel Ridge Landfill during this week, April 21-25. Simply showing an ID that denotes Laurel County residency can help local residents clean up their homes and property of unwanted garbage.
Although the landfill offers free dumping on the first Friday of every month for items not picked up by regular garbage service, the Free Dumping Week allows for garbage and the more bulky items such as couches, large appliances, and electronics. But even the landfill has to consider the environment, limiting its contents to non-contaminated items. Tires, oil, and other substances that can pollute the soil, water and air are not permitted.
With spring in the air, this is the perfect week to conduct your own spring cleaning and take advantage of the opportunity to clean inside and out.
It’s free for you, good for the environment, and will undoubtedly make a neater personal space for you and your neighbors.