Adopt a Highway
Adopt a Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. (AAHLRSA) was founded by Teryl Macia, a visionary with a background in public relations, who saw an opportunity to help companies build and grow their brands while providing support with the cleaning of our roadways and the well being of the environment.
In it’s early stages Adopt a Highway Litter Removal Service of America partnered with the California Department of Transportation to develop a sponsorship program, which expanded nationwide and now supports 23 markets.
Since it’s inception, AAHLRSA has cleaned millions of miles of U.S. roadways and cannot wait to clean more!
Chesco has taken part in this program for 14 years, removing trash from a two-mile stretch of Route 10 four times between April and November. The first clean-up will be at some point in April this year, depending on the weather. We welcome anyone who is interested in participating to call Chesco, 357-3915, for more information.
Sign Up for Community Garden
Are the seed catalogs calling your name? City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department is offering space in our Community Gardens for the 2017 growing season.
You can save your spot for this coming season by spotting in at the office. Please be aware of the growing season dates listed below. KPRD will not be out in gardens any earlier.
At the rear of Monadnock View Cemetery, adjacent to Cedarcrest, is a plot of land that KPRD makes available as garden space for the public. For a nominal fee, folks can rent the space for the season and grow their own veggies! There is an agreement form to fill out prior to planting, so stop by the Recreation Center at 312 Washington Street to reserve your space.
Easter Egg Hunt!
Saturday April 15, 2017 at 10:00AM the annual Easter Egg Hunt is held at Fuller Park, in front of the Recreation Center on Washington Street for Keene resident youngsters age 3-8 years old. Bring your basket for collecting. This event is free for Keene residents. Sponsored by KPRD and Ye Goodie Shoppe.
As temperatures thaw out for spring, it’s a great opportunity to roll up our sleeves and refresh our homes to kick off the new season. Despite what many advertisements try to tell us, cleaning doesn’t have to include harsh, abrasive chemicals. It’s possible to use natural and simple ingredients you may already have in your home to achieve that squeaky clean feeling without worrying about inhaling fumes or wearing protective gear. Here are a few options to consider as you get down and dirty with spring cleaning this year:
Baking soda – This wonder ingredient can tackle a number of cleaning tasks. For example, create a paste with water and baking soda to clean your oven – apply to the inside of the oven, let sit for a few hours, and then remove with a clean, damp cloth. You can also pour baking soda and vinegar in your garbage disposal to deodorize any lingering smells – and it makes a fun fizz the kids might enjoy.
Vinegar – Another multi-tasking star, distilled white vinegar is great at cutting through stains, mold, smells and more. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, you can add essential oils to your cleaning solutions. Mix vinegar with water and a bit of dish detergent to make an all-natural glass cleaner. If you have hard water, vinegar can cut through the deposits left behind. Remove the showerhead if possible and place in a bowl with vinegar overnight. If you can’t remove it, tie a plastic bag with vinegar around the showerhead to enable it to soak.
Lemons – The acidity in lemons can work wonders, and a lemon is a great natural scrubber when cut in half and dipped in salt or baking soda. Try microwaving half a lemon in a mug of water for five minutes, then letting it sit for ten – the steam will loosen up gunk and stains in the microwave. Or juice the lemon and combine with oil and water to create a natural wood polish.
Microfiber cloths – Instead of filling up your trash cans and landfills with paper towels, try reusable microfiber cloths. They work great when dusting or cleaning windows and can be laundered and used again next time.
Borax – This powder can boost your existing cleaners and clean surfaces when added to water. Add some to your laundry to get rid of stubborn stains. Sprinkle into your toilet bowl and leave overnight before using a brush to scrub out rings.
These are just a few of the many natural ingredients you can use to make safe, effective cleaning solutions for your home. Others include castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, oils, salt, and essential oils, among others. Consider trying one or more this year as your embark on your spring cleaning!