Spring cleaning events boost area

Communities across West Virginia are coming together for some spring cleaning this weekend, including some here in the Ohio Valley.

The city of Weirton will be holding its inaugural Spring Street Cleanup, inviting area residents interested in working to collect litter and other debris from several area roads to gather Saturday morning at Municipal Plaza before spreading throughout the city’s downtown.

The effort will have some lead-off today when students from Weir High School will clean areas of South 11th Street and around the school campus.

Residents will be working on six streets Saturday, with the city providing all necessary materials.

It is all being organized in collaboration with West Virginia’s Adopt-A-Highway and Make it Shine programs, which encourage communities to get residents involved in the cleaning and beautification of their hometowns.

Residents of Newell also will be working Saturday, focusing on Laurel Hollow Park.

These cleanup efforts are about taking pride in our area, and we applaud all those who are involved in organizing and participating.

Of course, they are not the only communities which take pride in their appearance.

Similar efforts have been organized in New Cumberland and Beech Bottom for years, with both recognized by the state on multiple occasions.

New Cumberland held its Make It Shine Day April 13, with 10 volunteers sprucing up Pride Park. Beech Bottom also held its event April 13, with volunteers assisted by a local Girl Scout troop.

By spending just a few hours collecting litter or sweeping sidewalks, even just in our own neighborhoods, we all can contribute to a cleaner community.