Time for some spring cleaning

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  • El Frito
When I was a kid, I thought "spring cleaning" was an annual torture ritual devised by my parents.

Now, I realize that it's an innate urge. Blame it on the tree pollen, or the effect of seeing green shoots after endless brown months, but one thing is certain: Only in spring do I stare critically at my barbecue grill and think, "That thing could really use a bath."

Anyway, there are a couple good spring cleaning opportunities to take advantage of soon. One for your home, and one for the community.

For do-gooders:

County Commissioner Dennis Hisey is hosting a "Tackle the Trash" cleanup event in the Fountain area on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 9 a.m. We will meet at Fountain Creek Regional Park, 2010 Duckwood Road and focus on Fountain Creek Regional Park, Fountain Creek, and the surrounding area. We encourage members of the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District to join us as we give the Fountain Creek area a "spring cleaning". We will provide bags and safety vests. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves. Youth 16 and under must be supervised by an adult. To volunteer, please register at County-Wide Tackle the Trash or at www.elpasoco.com.


For paper-hoarders:

Ace Hardware at 2730 S. Academy Blvd will be offering FREE shredding from 12-2 this Saturday [April 6].

According to the Federal Trade Commission, 5 to 10 million people suffer every year from some form of identity theft or fraud. Unfortunately many of us still harbor a "it'll never happen to me" outlook on identity theft. The best way to protect yourself is by shredding your documents. Especially receipts, credit card bills, bills in general (e.g. electric, gas, etc.), tax papers, pay stubs, and credit card applications, even those "pre-approved" credit applications we get in the mail nearly every day.

FREE shredding is a pretty good deal, places like ACE that do shredding on site charge .79 cents per pound for the service. They will shred any paper, files, hanging files, envelopes etc. Paper clips and alligator clips are fine, they do not need to be removed. They cannot take binders or hard covered books.

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