RICHLAND -- Drop box containers will be in place in Richland neighborhoods for the annual yard debris cleanup beginning Nov. 2.
* Nov. 2-8: Parking lot of the Richland Pool, 1005 Swift Boulevard.
* Nov. 9-15: At Leslie Groves Park, at the corner of Snyder Street and Harris Avenue in north Richland.
* Nov. 16-22: At Badger Mountain Park, 350 Keene Road in south Richland.
Unacceptable items include construction debris, chemical products, liquid waste and hazardous waste, automotive products, commercial waste, tires or appliances.
For more information, call 942-7490 or 942-7497.
Remember to blow out sprinklers before winter
Homeowners with irrigation systems should remember blowouts while winterizing.
Winterizing an irrigation system usually involves connecting an air compressor to clear out the remaining water and prevent pipes from breaking in the cold.
Residents should be sure to securely close the isolation valve on their irrigation systems to close them off from the public water system before connecting an air compressor.
The air compressor must be connected on the resident's side of the isolation valve and on the sprinkler side of the backflow preventer to stop air from going back into the water system.
If not done properly, air flowing into the public water system could contaminate water. Air in indoor plumbing also causes problems by blocking water flow.
Get ahead on ideas for Christmas decorations
Need a little Christmas now? Step into Mary Carol Garrity's Nell Hill's O Christmas Tree (Andrews McMell Publishing, $29.99).
Garrity, owner of the Kansas City home-decorating store Nell Hill's, shares her holiday decorating ideas and advice in the book. It takes readers inside several homes, including her own 130-year-old Greek Revival house.