GALION — Spring is firmly entrenched over north central Ohio.
Mother Nature still seems a tad bit confused, as the April showers are still holding into the middle of May. Still, summer weather is slowly making its way to this part of the nation.
The signs are everywhere.
A little spring cleaning is on the calendar.
Galion-area residents will get their chance this weekend. The City of Galion is having its annual community clean-up day this Saturday, May 18. From 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. that day, there will be dumpsters set up in the parking lot across from the Galion Fire Department on Liberty Street.
Galion residents can use those dumpsters to get rid of some of their trash. The dumpsters will be monitored and IDs will be checked so that only dumpers who live in Galion can discard of items, including: household trash; mattresses and/or box springs, with a limit of four items per vehicles; tires, with a limit of 10 tires per vehicle, and the rims must be removed.
These materials WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: hazardous waste, appliances, electronics and construction waste. Yard waste also WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED at the liberty Street site. But these items may be taken to the Taylor Road Composting Facility, 545 Taylor Road, on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, from 7:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.
Also, for the 2019 clean-up day, there WILL NO NEIGHBORHOOD CURBSIDE PICKUP this year. Residents must haul their material to the drop-off site and should be prepared to unload their own vehicle. However, assistance will be available to the elderly and disabled.
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact the City of Galion at 419-468-1857. The clean-up day is funded in part by the Galion City Health Department through an Ohio EPA grant.
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The city is also starting prep work on the swimming pool at Heise Park and the splash park facility at East Park.
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This week also marks the first Third Friday in Galion of 2019. The brainchild of Miranda Jones, member engagement director at the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce, this is the third year for this series of summer festivals on the third Fridays of May, June, July and August.
Support has grown for TFIG events each year when it comes to public attendence and public and business involvement and sponsors, who this far rhe year include: Donley Ford of Galion, Firelands Federal Credit Union, Covert Manufacturing, Experience Galion, K&B Laundromat and more.
Traditionally, with the end of school and high school graduations not far away, the first TFIG event this Friday, April 17, features local kids. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Galion students will take to the stage for a presentation. Cast members of Galion Community Theatre’s next presentation, “Mama Mia,” will entertain visitors with a few songs at 5:30 p.m. followed by the “Snow Sisters,” who are planning a “Princess Sing-a-long” at 6 p.m. The Galion Community Band will wrap up the evening’s entertainment, starting at 7 p.m.
There will be vendors on the north side of the square which is where the food court will be set up. As of Friday at least two dozen vendors were scheduled to take part. Also, the Crawford Park District will bring its always-popular Animal Extravaganza to the square May 17, too.
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Another clue that the end of the spring sports season and high school graduations. Crestline kicks off the graduation parade Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the high school. Colonel Crawford’s graduation begins at 2:30 p.m. thisSunday, May 19 and Galion and Northmor both have scheduled graduation for Sunday, June 2. Galion starts at 2 p.m., Northmor at 2 p.m.
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Also, the Crawford Park District will celebrate the start of their summer season with the 17th edition of Living History Days at Lowe-Volk Park in Leesville. The three-day event starts Friday, May 13 and ends Sunday, June 2. Look for more details of this popular event in the Galion Inquirer in the next two weeks.
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And one last sign that summer is nearing is that the Galion Graders are ready for another season . You’ve already been introduced to some of the fans in the Galion Inquirer Facebook page and the previews will begin. The season starts for the Graders June 4, on the road. The first home game is Friday, June 7.