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The Insiders: A Sunday spring to-do list

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

It’s Sunday, April 7, and we all know what that means. Wait, do you actually know what that means? Because we honestly have no idea.

A quick Google search suggests that men have been in charge of assigning the random proclamations to April 7, because it appears to be both National Beer Day and National No Housework Day. Although we have to admit, they do make a tremendous pair.

What we do know is that spring is finally arriving. So here are a few things you can do in your neighborhood today to help celebrate.

Rake your yard

Much like the lawn mower your neighbor borrowed, you haven’t seen your yard in six months or so. So get reacquainted and show it some love. It’s time to rake any remaining leaves, sticks and other crud away to reveal its true beauty. (Note: this may be bending the rules, but technically yard work isn’t housework).

And here’s the best part: the city will begin spring yard waste collection April 22, so all you have to do is place materials curbside – either in paper yard waste bags available at local stores or 30-gallon barrels weighing less than 50 pounds and labeled “Yard Waste” – and they will magically disappear.

It’s worth noting that the only acceptable materials are leaves, grass, weeds, fruit tree droppings, mulch and garden plant waste.

Eat ice cream

One of the surest signs of spring is the opening of all our favorite local ice cream haunts. Arnie’s Place on Loudon Road, Ballard’s on Broadway and the Summer Freeze on Fisherville Road are all back and in full ice cream serving swing, so find the one in your neighborhood and give it a try. Or try them all at once! (The previous statement has not been approved by any health care professional). P.S. – The Granite State Candy Shoppe’s ice cream season begins soon, as well, and there’s always Friendly’s.


Though the middle of Main Street is a fantastic place to frolic, a much more legal option would be any of the city’s beautiful parks, which are returning to snow-free form. So leash the kids and dress the dog and head out to burn some energy.

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