Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce President Ellen Taylor says she hopes for a good turnout this weekend when volunteers gather to clean the area around the Cranberry Creek channel in North Beckley.

The cleanup, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, is a partnership between the chamber and the Piney Creek Watershed Association and is taking place in conjunction with the statewide West Virginia Make it Shine cleanup.

Taylor said this is a good time to clean up the area in preparation for the summer months.

“The chamber always is appreciative of everything people do in the community, but this is real special because we are heading into the tourism season,” she said. “It’s our first push during the spring to get litter off the streets and to make the community welcoming.”

Volunteers will meet both days at the Beckley Fire Department on North Eisenhower Drive and will clean areas from the Cranberry Creek Shopping Center to Industrial Drive.

Although the cleanup lasts two hours each day, Taylor said it’s important for potential volunteers to know they don’t have to stay the entire time.

“It’s whatever amount they can give,” she said. “We’re appreciative of any time people can give us.”

Litter bags, litter sticks and orange vests will be provided.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce at 252-7328.

— E-mail:

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