Cathy Walton-Smith: Spring cleaning in Grand Lake calls for drastic measures |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Spring cleaning in Grand Lake calls for drastic measures

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

In spite of the snow and below zero temps this week, I still can’t get my mind off spring. Maybe I really do have spring fever. Or maybe it’s all my friends with their big travel plans for spring break.

But for me, it’s spring cleaning that’s on my mind ” largely because of an e-mail from Martha Stewart giving me a spring cleaning check list. Martha says spring-cleaning is a lot easier to tackle when broken down into specific tasks, starting with the bathrooms and bedrooms. Visit and read her tips for organizing under the Home and Garden tab. Short articles include: Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet, Organize the Linen Closet, Restore Your Towels, Organize the Closet, Mend Winter Clothing Before Storing and Rotate Your Mattress.

Those are all very good tips, but I think that spring cleaning in Grand Lake calls for more drastic measures, like: Hose out the garage where the mud has dropped off your car all winter – Throw out the old fish in your freezer from last summer – Wash your car for the third time this week – Pick up the trash that somehow accumulated and has been buried in the snow – Mop the floor every time the dogs (and cowboys) come in the house – Burn the old Christmas tree that got left in the yard. That’s enough for a start. Spring cleaning in the Rockies is just a whole other animal. We have a Dumpster in our yard ” I highly recommend that as the way to go.

Good citizens of Grand Lake, you have been given another chance to prove that you are not garbage abusers. The mandatory trash removal ordinance adopted by our town government has been suspended ” apparently until the county figures out where we are going to put our trash. In addition, opposition to the ordinance has resulted in the town’s forming a committee of concerned citizens who will come up with suggested amendments to the trash law. Since we all can’t serve on this committee, I suggest demonstrating that we can be good citizens. Take care of your own trash. Do not leave bags of garbage and old sofas in front of other people’s Dumpsters. Do not take advantage of other people’s Dumpsters by filling them with your trash. Do take advantage of any clean-up days offered this spring. If you are not a good citizen, other good citizens will be right around to corner to take “27 eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one is to be used as evidence against you.”

The Juniper Library in Grand Lake has some great events in April. This Thursday at 5 p.m., kids can get a free guitar lesson sponsored by the Grand County Blues Society. Sign up at the Youth Services desk to reserve a spot. The Colorado Workforce employment specialists will be on hand to help the unemployed ” first, next Monday, April 6, get tips on creating a professional looking resume ” then, the following Monday, April 13, get tips and on-line tools for job searching. Meet at 4 p.m. both days.

This Thursday, April 2, enjoy another evening of Audio and Visual Enlightenment from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Circle H Lodge. Yaniv and Mike Music return to play originals and old favorites from Hank Williams to James Taylor. The artist will be a surprise. 

The 9Health Fair is coming back to Grand County three Saturdays in April. The first is this Saturday, April 4, in Kremmling at West Grand High from 8 a.m to noon. Pre-registration is April 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the KMHD conference room. The Granby fair in April 18, 7 to 11 a.m. at the elementary school, and the Fraser fair is April 25, 7:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the elementary school. You can pre-register for these at With many locals not being able to afford health insurance and a majority of others with high deductibles, this is an important event for our community. Take advantage of more than 20 free and low-cost health screenings and education. Vision, blood pressure, oral health, foot health, mental health, hearing, skin cancer, breast cancer, finger-stick glucose test and more. For the cost of a co-pay, you can have a 31-component blood chemistry screening. You must fast for 12 hours prior to blood draw, you may drink water, black tea or coffee. (Be sure to take all prescribed medications and diabetics should not fast.) Don’t miss this great benefit to our county.

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