Fourth annual town clean-up held in conjunction with the communities in bloom project.
PARRSBORO-Thirty-five volunteers of all ages gathered to collect garbage in and around Parrsboro this past Saturday during its 4th annual clean town clean up.
“Today is about getting all of the streets cleaned up,” stated volunteer Dawn McCully. “Earlier in the week, the town worked at sweeping the side streets.”
Unlike in the past, the emphasis of this year’s town clean-up, which is held in conjunction with the communities in bloom project, was to focus on the outskirts.
“This year, we are trying to focus on the outskirts of town since we have lots of people this year with vehicles,” McCully said.
One of the outlying areas that the thirty-five or so volunteers combed for garbage was Crossroads. Within Parrsboro itself, such streets as Templar Avenue, Eastern and Western avenues, Main Street, Two Islands and Ferrell roads were targeted.
“It takes many families to build a community,” stated Nancy Curleigh while she was collecting garbage on Ferrell Road. “We all moved back to Parrsboro about eleven years ago because it’s such a great place to live,” she added in reference to herself and fellow volunteers Trisha Burke, Doreen Wheaton, Brenda Wheaton, Sarah George and her young daughter Maddy Carty. “We want to keep it that way.”
According to McCully, one year, enough garbage was collected to fill a ½ ton truck. “I think that we collect quite a bit of garbage again this year,” she said.
The 35 or so volunteers who collected such refuse as cigarette butts, soiled diapers, bottle caps and Tim Hortons cups this past Saturday were treated to a free barbecue as a means of thanking everyone for their efforts to help keep Parrsboro clean.