Spruce up for spring
Granville Community Service Day 2011
Just a glance off the side of the road anywhere in the area shows Granville Community Service Day 2011 can’t come soon enough.
A harsh winter’s worth of accumulated debris has repopulated the roadsides of Granville with a fresh coating of fast food wrappers, cans, bottles and who knows what despite the massive piles of detritus scooped up by volunteers one year ago.
Residents of Granville are encouraged to get out and clean up April 30 for the third Granville Community Service Day.
The day starts at 9 a.m. in Veterans Park and ends where it begins at 1 p.m. for those who plan to volunteer and join groups from the community and high school as they complete clean up projects around the village and town.
Volunteers will gather at Veterans Park and meet their once again to end the day of collecting trash, sweeping and planting new flowers and trees.
For those planning to clean up in the area of their own homes in the town, bright orange bags can be found at the town highway garage as well as the town hall.
Those bags will later be picked up by the town highway department.
Granville Town Supervisor Matt Hicks said groups from the FFA and FBLA under the supervision of Terry Wheeler will be out in force on the last Saturday of the month. The student groups are organizing the day.
Hicks said residents can clean up their own roadside, or if they preferred, come out and join in cleaning up a public area from the roadsides of Routes 22 and 149 to any major portions of the main thoroughfares in the town.
Groups coming together to clean up roadside trash included both Granville Democratic and Republican parties, the Border Riders snowmobile club, the Lions Club and Granville Rotary along with the FFA and civic-minded residents with no organizational affiliation for a community-wide spruce up effort.
The first effort of this kind took place in 2009 with the Washington County Youth Bureau headed up by Alternative Sentencing’s Mike Gray. Gray helped to coordinate the effort and brought a trailer full of tools and bright safety vests for visibility as well as hot dogs and a post-cleanup cook out.
The trash collecting efforts in 2010 also yielded major results when large groups of resident volunteers joined more than 120 youth volunteers in cleaning up.
Wheeler said after seeing how it was done he was sure the kids could organize the next event themselves to make it more youth-driven day. Students organized the 2010 effort and have been hard at work organizing the event for this year, he said.
Recycling Center hours Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trash bags require purchased stickers for disposal; recyclables including glass and plastic and some yard debris can be dropped off free of charge. Call the recycling center at 642-3026 with any questions.