‘Mow’ good news

I’m bowled over by some of the good news I’ve been hearing lately. (I know, I know, I can almost see your jaw drop as you wonder “Is she inSANE? Volcanoes, tornadoes, oil spills — WHAT good news?!)

Well, it’s the close-to-home stuff you hear on the street or see at the grocery store or burger joint I’m talking about. Folks just seem a little bit happier, I guess. Not as edgy, worried. Plus, I’ve actually gotten a few invites here and there to little celebrations (gotta love Bacon Fest and Derby parties!), a good indication people are ready to party. And, finally, there really is good news to report in our own back yard. Yep, the weather may be iffy (snow??), but the residents are anything but shifty. Guess it’s Springtime in Idaho.

Here are just a few tidbits of happy news to share:

— WELL, MOW ME DOWN: Trade in your gas-guzzling lawn mower for an electric one. The City of Boise is putting its money where its mouth is and offering monetary assistance on this one. Here’s the scoop: Residents can receive cordless mowers for more than $100.00 off the regular price during the public Trade-in Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday May 1 at Barger Auto Parts, 5501 W. State Street, Boise.

Idaho Power will be on hand with information on best practices for charging your mower (vroom, vroom) and the Idaho DEQ and Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition will be available to answer questions about our air quality. Barger Auto Parts will recycle fluids and parts from the “trade-in” mowers.

For information on the mowers technical specifications, visit http://www.neutonpower.com/DEQB. Media contact on the day of the trade-in event is Aimee Hughes at 695-5197.

— HELP STAMP OUT HUNGER! There are two upcoming events for the Idaho Food Bank you won’t want to miss. One is Par for the Cause Golf Scramble (one of those parties I was talking about!). You have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn (well, almost) for this one: 8 a.m. Shotgun Start, Friday May 7 at Shadow Valley Golf Course. $100 registration fee per golfer, includes continental breakfast and barbecue lunch. Includes: Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin & Hole in One Prizes. Many sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Shauna Stonehocker, Events Coordinator, 208-336-9643, ext. 259 or sstonehocker@idahofoodbank.org.

— Then, Saturday May 8, help Stamp Out Hunger the oh-so-easy way. Just put some cans of food out for your letter carrier and presto! Good deed for the day! Go to http://www.idahofoodbank for more info.

Happy to spread the word and happy I can spread some cheer. Now it’s your turn!

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