October is when I write my annual “leaf collection article”. Some trees lose their leaves starting in mid-October, and our curbside collection service will begin at the end of the month. As we all know, this season can be very trying for workers and citizens alike, because so much depends on the weather. If the weather stays dry the leaves can be picked up fairly easily. If the weather is wet or we get an early snow it becomes much more difficult.
Please rake leaves to the street, but NOT onto the street or into ditches. Also, keep in mind that it can be a period of a few weeks until city crews are able to get to your street. If you are concerned for the grass on your tree lawn or with the leaves simply blowing away, the leaves can be bagged in paper yard-waste bags and our rubbish hauler will pick these up on your regular collection day through the end of November.
There are a number of fun activities planned for October (to give you break from raking leaves.) For instance, the City will once again sponsor the Scarecrow Contest in Downtown Willoughby. This year’s theme is Sci-Fi. Rules and regulations and entry forms can be downloaded from the City of Willoughby website, www.willoughbyohio.com, or by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at 440-953-4200. Entry forms must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 3 and scarecrows must be received by the Parks and Recreation Department by Friday, Oct. 10. Scarecrows will be on display beginning Oct. 17 through Nov. 3.
On Sunday October 5, you can attend the Fall Foodfest at Osborne Park. This event is sponsored by the Lakefront Business Association and is held from noon to 6:00 pm. Several food trucks will be offering a variety of food and the Lakefront Business Association will be hosting a clambake. Tickets for the clambake are pre-sale only. For more information or to purchase your clambake tickets contact Aaron Zone at 440-339-5556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Downtown Bar & Restaurant Association will take place in Downtown Willoughby on Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 6:00 pm. Sample your favorite downtown restaurant’s best chili. In conjunction with the Chili Cook-off, the Downtown Willoughby Business Association is sponsoring a fall sidewalk sale.
Trick or Treating comes early to downtown Willoughby. On Oct. 25 from Noon to 2:00 pm, the Downtown Willoughby Business Association invites you to bring your little ghosts and goblins to visit the participating businesses for special tricks and treats.
I hope to see many of you at these events, have a great month and a great fall season.