Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Last week’s autumn marvels are this week’s awful messes.
But a leaf’s gotta drop, and folks have been busy all weekend with the annual fall task of raking, piling and bagging leaves, from the dime-sized plum leaves to maples the size of dinner-plates.
Now, what to do with them? Inside the City of Hood River, help is on the way.
Beginning Nov. 5 Hood River City residents may dispose of leaves at the City Public Works facility at 18th & May Streets.
Everywhere else, the Hood River Transfer Station accepts organic debris at no charge on Wednesdays.
Disposal hours for city residents are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check in at the office before dropping off leaves. Residents will be required to empty any bagged leaves.
Notes to remember:
n Leaves must not be raked into the gutter as they can plug the storm drains and cause flooding. This is a violation of the Hood River Municipal Code.
n Branches and other brush will not be accepted by the City. The Hood River Transfer Station at 3440 Guignard Road (386-4676) will accept this type of debris. Disposal of residential debris at the Transfer Station is free every Wednesday.
n If you would like to have leaves for mulch, call Marlo Messmer at 387-5201 with your name, address and phone number.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge