As our pal, J-Stew mentioned in an earlier post, all those beautiful leaves that we've been peepin' lately are likely to be on the ground, clogging storm drains and gutters by the end of this week. And that's got a lot of folks, like myself, wondering what are we going to do with all of these piles of pretty? So, I did some digging and present to you the leaf collection info for the greater Bangor area! (You're welcome!)

If you're in the Bangor area, its pretty simple. All you have to do is rake those leaves to the side of the road and Public Works crews will come by on Monday October 29th with some giant leaf-sucking vacuums (like something out of a Dr. Suess book!) and clean up your leaf piles! Now, you do want to be careful not to rake things like big rocks or sticks or yard garbage in to your piles, because those things could not only damage the vacuums (Don't be the reason why we can't have nice things!) but because it could also hurt employees (remember, that's someone's mom or dad or Uncle Billy!) But that's all you have to do!

And I spoke with a super-nice lady at Brewer Public works and she said Brewer's crews will be coming to collect leaves Tuesday November 13th. There's a little more work that goes in to leaf collection in Brewer, in that you have to rake the leaves and then put them in to biodegradable bags. (Side note--I have notice these spiffy bag-holder-opener things at local hardware stores. Make your life easier and get one of those in advance. That will help you to get those leaves into those bags, and hopefully keep you from swearing up a storm!) And you'll want to make sure those bags are curbside by 7AM that day, because that's when they'll start their pick ups.

If you want more info, you can call Bangor Public works at (207) 992-4500, or Brewer Public Works at (207) 989-7800.

Happy raking!