The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

May 14, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Help make Raleigh County a cleaner place

Raleigh County is beginning to be the recipient of a number of Litter Sweep initiatives removing debris from our streets, streams, creeks and roadways.

In western Raleigh County two cleanup campaigns removed tons of litter from the roadsides and ditch lines. Many thanks to volunteers Patty Allen, James Allen, Lettie Watson, Clyde Mc- Knight, Steve Davis, Emily Fraley and the Tadpole Project volunteers.  

Traffic control was essential to the success and safety of these volunteers. Thank you, Raleigh County Sheriff's Department and Litter Control Officers Jim Stone and John Dunn. The volunteers felt secure knowing Jan-Care Ambulance was around the corner if needed.

In the Crab Orchard area of the county, two community cleanups were held recently by Crab Orchard Baptist Church and Church of the Brethren. Thank you to Sue Sweptston and Tammy Toni for leading the charge for those initiatives.

The Odd Community Watch Group continues to remove litter from county roads on a regular basis. Thank you, Lewis Dickerson, president of the organization, and all their members.

In Beckley proper, members of Raleigh County - Make It Shine and volunteers picked up litter along Harper Road and Pikeview Drive as a part of the West Virginia Make It Shine Cleanup.

As I drove by Woodrow Wilson High School last week, I witnessed a good deed by the grounds keeper. Before mowing the grass, he was picking up the litter and debris before mowing over it which would have chopped it into little pieces. It’s the little things that make a big difference.

Every little bit of litter picked up in a Litter Sweep won’t travel onto the next storm drain or roadside ditch line. I thank everyone who has been involved in a litter sweep or Adopt a Highway pickup. If your organization would like to conduct a ‘Litter Sweep’ in your area of the county, please contact me and we’ll start the conversation.

Let’s all pitch in together to make Raleigh County cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy. As my friend Richard Cobb, a Neighborhood Advocate in Huntington, says, “discussion and debate is always important to resolving issues and coming up with new solutions for making our area a better place to live, work and play.”

“Be a litter-getter … not a litter-bug”!

Sherrie A. Hunter

Director of Education

Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority

Co-Chair Raleigh County - Make It Shine

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