Residents pitch in by picking up during annual clean-up

MINERVA - Indeed, the temperature was in the 70s, the skies were clear, and the air was blackfly-less. It was perfect weather the morning of April 25 for picking up trash along the town, county, and state roads in Minerva.

And, the trash was plentiful. Between 40 and 50 willing participants volunteered to walk the roadside ditches throughout the town, cleansing and beautifying the area by picking a diversity of trash ranging from deposit bottles to plastic milk jugs to hub caps to used Pampers.

This annual town-sponsored event seemed to have a record number of trash-collectors this year. Most of these tired yet satisfied participants gathered at the Donnelly Beach pavilion for well-earned post-picking refreshments, including hot dogs, chips, potato salad, deviled eggs, cookies, and soda pop. Something new this year were certificates of accomplishment. These included strangest item collected (old gun barrel and a nearby box of bullets), largest item - rusty 55-gallon drum - and most full bags left by the side of the road for town of Minerva pick-up.

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