Yard sales signal signs of spring [Old Town Laurel]

Yard sales are a great way to dispose of, or repurpose, unwanted household items and clothing, while putting some extra cash in your pocket. However, you should be aware of several rules regarding such events.

City of Laurel rules dictate that in order to hold such a sale, you must first obtain, then display, a permit. No more than two yard sales will be permitted at the same property during the calendar year. The fee for a permit is $5.

According to the city government's website: "To obtain a yard sale permit, an application must be submitted at the office of the Department of Community Planning and Business Services, 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707. In most cases, yard sale permit applications can be processed and permits issued while you wait."

Laurel's Fourth of July Committee is hosting an indoor yard sale at the Laurel Armory, 422 Montgomery St., April 12, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The funds raised help to offset the costs related to all the activities during the annual Independence Day Celebration in July.

Tables are $15 each, or two for $25. Refreshments, including homemade baked goods, will be available. Inquiries may be addressed to Judy, 301-604-8149; or Virginia, 301-317-8936.

Our municipality's Employee Relations Committee will hold its annual yard sale in the Municipal Center's parking lot, 8103 Sandy Spring Road, May 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date is May 18.

Spaces are available at $15 each, $20 if you'd like to rent a table. Fees are nonrefundable unless the sale is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. To reserve your space, visit the Department of Community Planning and Business Services any weekday during normal business hours. Spaces must be reserved no later than May 15.

Local feline advocacy group Laurel Trap-Neuter-Return is offering low cost/free spay or neutering services for feral and domesticated cats. A flier recently left on doors and in mailboxes states that they will "help you catch, neuter, and return the cats to you." Go to laureltnr.org or call 301-886-0161.

Mae Dudley Sillaman marked her 76th birthday on March 24. My dad's youngest sister still sports her trademark good looks; a giving heart; and a positive, upbeat look on life.

Regina "Jeanie" Watts Smith, a dear friend, known for her delicious culinary offerings and devotion to her family, turned 96 years young March 28.

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