17th Annual April Stools Day Expands This Year – Do Your Doody!

By Carol McCracken

Spring is here, so can the annual April Stools Day be far away?

Apparently not. It’s been scheduled for Saturday, April 4th between 8:00 am – 10 am and that is rain or shine! As always volunteers are needed to “scoop the poop” as well as to serve as team captains. Team captains are needed because the annual event is expanding this year to include the west end of Portland as well as Hinckley Park, South Portland. “Other parts of the city need help this year as well,” said Kathy Palmer, co-chair of the event with Diane Davison, both of the Hill.

Gloves and bags provided.

The event is seventeen years old. It was founded and run for ten years by Hill resident and dog-lover Diane Davison. In April of 2000 Kathy Palmer also of the Hill opened her pet store, “Fetch” at 102 Congress Street. In fact, she opened the progressive store to coincide with Stools Day on April 1 that year. Ever since the two dog lovers have been coordinating the event together. And in the meantime, the Congress Street “Fetch” on the Hill moved to a larger space on Commercial Street. Diane is the founder of Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

Prizes will be given out: Find the “Golden Turds” and win a 30 lb. bag of Nature’s Variety Prairie dog food from Fetch! Please register on site to be eligible to win the prizes.

Similar events are planned the same day in Belfast, Maine and Charlestown, Massachusetts.

“HELP US CLEAN UP A WINTER’S WORTH OF UNSCOOPED POOP!” Kathy Palmer and Diane Davison

Please contact: info@friendsofeasternpromenade.org or 774-2822 or kathy@fetchportland.com or 773-5450.