If your spirits are high, it just might be the weather. My bones are finally starting to warm up. May is truly the start of activities. Our schools are busy getting ready for prom, graduation and the last day of school and organizations are gearing up to kick off a new season of community service.

This last month I visited New Orleans and walked under a living Oak tree with a ripe old age of 600 years plus. On May 2 the city will celebrate Arbor Day with a stroll through our neighborhoods starting at the Winnemucca Community Garden at 5 p.m. Brad Schultz, our Cooperative Extension's tree expert, will guide us and provide information on trees and plants adapted to our area. The city will also plant some trees at our gateway entrances to commemorate the day. Celebrating Arbor Day is part of our commitment to be part of the Tree City USA National program to educate and showcase the benefits of community trees.

The weekend of May 10 is special all on its own (as it's Mother's Day) but there are a number of great community activities going on - you need to start the weekend off by leaving non-perishable food items at your mailbox. This is the date for the 22nd annual National Letter Carrier's Food Drive. Last year our local mail carriers collected 2,880 lbs of food. They have enlisted the help of Boy Scouts, Troop 223 to deliver the collection to our local food bank. Spring is a crucial time at the food bank and the community needs to give a hand to our mail carriers and add a few extra pounds this year.

The Regional Raceway Car Racing begins their "lineup" season with racing and the show stopping performance by extreme freestyle motocrosser, Keith Sayers on May 9 and 10 at 6 p.m. They have a great line up of racing events every month through September.

The LaRena Smith Bengoa Run, Ride, Walk for the Cure is also on May 10. This is another event that provides monetary support to local individuals with cancer to help with the challenges they and their family incur.

Safe Haven Zoo Fundraiser is on May 17; Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle event begins May 23; and we end the month by honoring our Soldier of the Year on May 24 and the Memorial Day commemoration at the cemetery on May 26.

That is a good overview of what is happening in the community, but the city is also in a busy mode getting everything in order and ready for the summer. Our recreation director, Steve Swecker, is preparing for summer swimming, day camp activities, and all of the sports that are keeping our youth hopping.

Our sewer project is almost complete. We have a small amount of paving left to complete on Baud St. This should be completed in the next week or two.

If you have driven up Water Canyon Road you will see the walking path that is adjacent to the Road. This will make a much safer place for our walkers and bike riders. My thanks to Hunewill Construction for their extra work to make a safe pathway.

We have had a problem with the light bulbs in our carriage lights. I did want to report that we have a new type of LED bulb on order to retrofit the lights. The old bulbs were heavy and when the winds get to whipping the fixtures about, the weight of the units stripped out the connection. It is expensive to change out the bulbs, but the lighter units will withstand the wind movement and give us the light we need. We have approved ordering 84 new bulbs and they will begin the rewiring ASAP.

Our firehouse construction is on track. The floor has been poured. This month we will see walls.

I would like to conclude by reiterating that communication is the key to success. I would like to keep you apprised of projects, issues, and general information regarding the city and my representation as your Mayor. In return I ask for your input and communication. Please feel free to call (623-6341) or email me (ladydi@winnemucca.net). I am interested in your comments and participation. My door is always open.