Don't be surprised this weekend if you see people dragging refuse from the Tygart Valley River in Elkins, cars lined up at the Cross Roads Recycling Center in Buckhannon or a cloud of dust rising from a group whisking push brooms along the sidewalks in downtown Weston. They're all volunteers helping to clean up their communities.
Several cleanup events are planned throughout the region today. None of this work is easy and no one is making any money by lending a hand. All of these people are rolling up their sleeves because they have community pride and they recognize the importance of supporting a worthwhile project.
Every year, tons of debris are cleared from our rivers, roadways and other public properties. These spring cleanups prepare our communities to look their best for the coming months when thousands of tourists make their visits.
This weekend's projects are surely not the last of the season, so it's not too late to volunteer. What's more important is for all of us to do our part in keeping our communities tidy.
Don't discard items in the waterways or roadways.
If you see litter along the street, pick it up and put it in a proper receptacle.
Keep your own property neat.
Hopefully, if more people put forth this effort, that will provide encouragement for others to follow their example.