Volunteers help to make Weirton shine

CLEANING UP — Students from Weirton Madonna High School was among those volunteering Saturday as part of Weirton’s inaugural Spring Street Cleanup, organized in collaboration with West Virginia’s Adopt-A-Highway and Make It Shine programs. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — There was less litter along the roads in Weirton Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 30 area residents came out to help with the inaugural Weirton Spring Street Cleanup, held in collaboration with the West Virginia Adopt-A-Highway and Make It Shine programs.

Francesca Basil, GIS coordinator for the city and organizer of the effort, offered thanks to those who showed up to lend a hand Saturday.

“We’re hoping we’re going to pick up a lot of litter, fill up a lot of bags and make Weirton look a lot better,” Basil told the group prior to the cleanup.

The cleanup began Friday with a group of students from Weir High School collecting litter from along South 11th Street and from around the high school’s campus.

On Saturday, volunteers focused on areas including Main Street, Weir Avenue, Marland Heights Road, Cove Hill, West Street Extension and Maryland Avenue.

Basil has said she would like to see similar cleanup programs held multiple times each year.

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