The warm weather we have been experiencing means that residents throughout the area are turning their attention to that time-honored task known as spring cleaning.
Several area communities and groups are coming together to help in those efforts.
Weirton, for example, starts its annual cleanup Friday, when crews from the city will be collecting metal items. The list of objects that will be taken includes stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, old railings, bicycle frames and metal shelving.
The attention shifts to household items, including old furniture, Monday through April 20.
Steubenville, meanwhile, begins it annual large item pickup schedule on Saturday in the city's South End. Crews will be collecting items from Market Street to the south city limits and from Spring Avenue to state Route 7, including Lincoln Heights.
On April 21, the cleanup moves to the areas including the city's North End neighborhoods from Alikanna to Market Street and from Eleventh Street to state Route 7. April 28 will see the crews focus on the north side of Sunset Boulevard from Brady Avenue to the west city limits, including Brady Avenue.
May 5 will see the collection move to the south side of Sunset Boulevard from McCauslen Manor to the west city limits, while May 12 will see items collected on all streets in Pleasant Heights. The collection ends May 19 in the area that includes all streets in the LaBelle neighborhood.
There are few restrictions on items Steubenville residents can put out for collection. Tires will not be accepted, nor will refrigerators, freezers or dehumidifiers.
Also, crews will not accept hazardous wastes such as fuels, oils, solvents and paint or any construction material including shingles, concrete, blocks or bricks. With those exceptions, all city residents have to do is get their items to the curb where their regular garbage collection occurs.
We also remind Steubenville residents that a community cleanup has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m April 21. City Manager Cathy Davison said that will be a day when all city residents are encouraged to pick up litter on their street, trim shrubs and trees and rake up leaves left over from last fall. Residents can also sweep their sidewalk and a neighbor's sidewalk, trim the grass, remove weeds and tall grass from fence lines, mow a nearby vacant lot, paint a fence and say something positive about our city.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of the free cleanups and to get involved with groups looking to keep their neighborhoods free of litter. It's another way we show our pride in where we live.