The last day of April arrives with stuff on the berms, rabbits on the loose and UND students carrying on their big event tradition. They will be out Saturday helping rake yards and wearing “Do Work” shirts.

Only as martyrs who have endured a long, cold winter can they leap for joy.

People go hunting in autumn, others wait for this time of year when other people stack unwanted stuff on the berms. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

There was a time when May baskets were planted by the front door of others on the first day of May. You could run and give the donor a kiss. Or you could just crouch inside the house.

Little Free Library

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For the second year on May 1, the little free library and garden is blossoming in front of the home of Mary and Allen Morken, 440 Campbell Dr. Their idea is to promote books and gardening. They call it Bea’s Books and Blooms in memory of her mother Bernadette DeHaan who died two years ago. She was a librarian and an avid reader.

Starting Saturday, there will be packets of seeds for children in front of the house. There will be cups with annual plants. And there will be appropriate books. You can be sure there will be kids around. As Mary Morken says, “There’s been an explosion of children around here.”

Ask Marilyn

Q. What kind of plates have been noticed on vehicles around here lately?

A. QUEEN D, SHERIFF, HOT TEA, CANARY, 2 WINKS, SENORA, GALLOP, GEEMOM and TRUBLE. Also on a motorcycle, there was XFILE.

Q. What do you know about nuts?

A. While they are good for you, there is a limit. Some time ago I saved a recommendation from the South Beach diet that allows 20 small peanuts, 25 hazelnuts and 15 almonds at one time. The trouble is – who is counting?

Q. What’s a good thing to do this weekend?

A. Tune in at 5 p.m. Sunday to Prairie Public Radio for ‘’The Great American Folk Show” designed by Tom Brosseau of Grand Forks. That’s 90.7 FM on the dial.

Colette and Joel

Cheerful people of the week: Colette Iseminger and Joel Medd.