Now that the holidays are over, many of us have those real Christmas trees that we need to discard. The county is offering several options for recycling your trees through their Merry Mulch program.

From now until Jan. 18, Christmas trees can be recycled seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various drop-off sites. Those sites closest to us are Kendall Hardware in Clarksville, Western Regional Park on Carrs Mill Road and Alpha Ridge Landfill, which is open Monday to Saturday.

Residents can also set their trees out at the curb on regular recycling days for pickup. All decorations, including tinsel must be removed, along with plastic bags.

Basically, just the tree has to be at the curb. Also, the trees must be cut into four foot lengths and tied.


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After Jan. 18, trees will be accepted at the landfill just like any other yard trimmings. Artificial trees and wreaths can also be taken to the landfill for scrap metal recycling.

January also starts the new 4-H Club year. If you are looking for a great fun, but educational program for your child, ages 8-18, 4-H might be the right fit.

The Poplar 4-H Club meets the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Poplar Springs United Methodist Church. Many of the members of this club raise farm animals, which they show at the fair; but the main focus of the club is on home economic projects.

Members learn how to sew, cook, bake, quilt and do various crafts. Another great feature to 4-H is that public speaking is encouraged at every meeting in a relaxed, informal atmosphere that is free of criticism.

If you are interested in attending a meeting or for more information, call 410-489-4257.

I hope that all my neighbors had a happy and safe holiday season and will have a wonderful, healthy new year in 2013.

We are hoping that 2013 will be a major change for us. We bought a house in North Carolina and will be moving there as soon as we sell our house here in Woodbine.

I'm writing this column while it's snowing outside. I have to say that I won't miss the snow when we finally get to North Carolina.