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City cleanup scheduled for Saturday

May 14, 2001

City cleanup scheduled for Saturday



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- For the 11th straight year, Martinsburg City Councilman Glenville Twigg and other civic leaders are asking residents to "take pride in your community" and volunteer to clean up the city Saturday.

"I don't like litter," said Twigg, who started the initial spring cleanup day in 1990 with about 45 volunteers. "It doesn't look good and it isn't good for the community."

The day-long event will feature litter pickup throughout the community and clean-up work at War Memorial Park. There will be a pick-up service along sections of Tuscarora Creek for senior citizens who want to dispose of unwanted items. There also will be free dumping of unwanted items at the East Stephen Street Recycling Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Twigg said the idea has caught on since the original effort.

"It's grown every year," he said. Two years ago, about 330 volunteers participated. Rainy weather kept the number down to about 300 last year, but he believes the number can exceed 330 this year.

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"It's a great reminder to city residents to go out and take a look at their own property and take care of their own property," Twigg said.

The cleanup costs about $3,000. Originally, Twigg and other individuals raised the money. But several years ago, the City Council kicked in the money so Twigg could concentrate on organizing the event and finding volunteers, he said.

"It makes a big impact," he said of the cleanup. "I get lots of comments about how good the city looks. Sometimes, it doesn't take long for it to start going back, but it's a good activity."

Those who want to help should meet at the city parking lot across from the Apollo Theatre at 9 a.m. Saturday. Anyone who wants to work in the park should meet there. Anyone who wants to work along the creek should meet at Oden Barrett's store on Centre Street, also at 9 a.m.

For more information, Twigg can be reached at 1-304-263-5473.

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