Spring Cleaning

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Apr. 24 | Modified: Apr. 27
Spring Cleaning

Boone Clean-Up Day returns April 26, and residents are invited to volunteer and clean the streets of winter's litter.

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Sometimes to get you clean, you’ve got to get a little dirty.

The town of Boone hosts its spring Boone Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 26, in which residents are encouraged to volunteer and remove winter’s litter from local streets and streams.

By stopping by Boone Public Works, located at 321 E. King St., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up cleaning supplies, volunteers are set for some outdoor spring cleaning.

“We had a tremendous turnout last spring, as more and more volunteers are participating,” said Shannon Isaacs, who coordinates the town’s Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Flowerbed programs. “Approximately 250 pounds of recycling and 2,000 pounds of trash and debris were collected from our streets, streams and trails.”

Boone Clean-Up Day has been a local tradition since 1992, when the town hosted its first spring clean-up. An additional clean-up day takes place in autumn.

Another tradition is the Most Unusual Litter Contest, in which volunteers present the strangest piece of trash — or treasure, in a sense — to public works for a chance to win a cash prize. Last spring, first place and $100 went to Hardin Park Beta Club for finding a fake foot and leg bone, while second place and $50 went to the Gardenerettes Garden Club for a unique measuring cup. Third place and $25 were awarded to the Delta Chi fraternity for bringing in a discarded bag of insulation.

Adding to the fun are free refreshments and community fellowship, available at public works from noon to 1:30 p.m. that Saturday.

The fun continues past Boone Clean-Up Day, however. The statewide Spring Litter Sweep runs April 26 through May 10, and, according to Boone Public Works, town residents are encouraged to participate by cleaning their premises, placing garbage curbside and calling public works for free removal during the sweep.

“Volunteers that participate make such an impact on our town by promoting a great sense of community pride,” Isaacs said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to bring neighbors together, working to improve our community by keeping it beautiful, healthy and clean.”

For more information, or to register for the event, call Isaacs at (828) 268-6230.

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