Volunteers help clean up the town

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A small but determined group of people made a big change in the appearance of a couple of areas of Truro on Saturday. 

Roadside cleanups were organized by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture and the Truro Rotary Club. Litter was picked up near Highway 102 exits into Truro.

”Our litter patrol started Monday but this is a community push to get litter picked up,” said Cathy von Kintzel, special events and culture coordinator for Parks, Recreation and Culture. “It’s part of Earth Month.”

The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up Challenge, a project of Clean Nova Scotia, is taking place in April and provides support and supplies for community-based cleanups.

Tim and Lorraine McGrath, of Truro, have taken part in cleanups in the past.

“There’s a lot of stuff people don’t see when they’re driving by,” said Tim. “We cleaned Lepper Brook once and found a lot of things, including a shopping cart. Last year we helped clean over by the CEC and there was a lot of stuff up against the fence. We got stubborn last year and kept working past the time we had planned to stop because we wanted to clean up to a certain area.”

He added that he takes pride in the town and wants to help make it look as nice as possible.

“We walk in town and we see litter in a lot of areas,” said Lorraine. “There are a lot of paper products and bottles. Sometimes we pick things up while we’re out for a walk.”

Their son was one of the students hired by the town to keep things clean one year and he told them that he would clean an area one day and by the next day find that more rubbish had been dropped.

Jumbo drink containers are a common item found along the streets by the McGraths and by Dianne Spears, who lives in Bible Hill.

“I also find a lot of Tim Horton’s cups and lids and I don’t live near a Tim Horton’s,” she said. “I live near a corner store and I see kids, both little and big, ripping things open and throwing wrappers and packaging along the street. Some people have no respect.

I have done cleanups on my own but this is the first year I’ve taken part in an organized one.”

A variety of items were picked up on Saturday. Along with the usual items there was a back pack and three hub caps.

Von Kintzel joined a group of six volunteers who cleaned the area along the side of the McClure’s Mills Connector.

“This shows what a small group can accomplish,” she said later in the day. “We collected more than 20 bags of trash and everybody felt like they accomplished something and would like to come back next year. The area is a main entrance to town and it looks great now.”

Organizations: Truro Rotary Club, Clean Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Truro, Bible Hill

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