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Minerva hosts annual clean up day

Kevin Hsiao and a bowling ball plucked from the State Route 28N roadside

Kevin Hsiao and a bowling ball plucked from the State Route 28N roadside

— Sure, the weather was a bit chilly and dampish, but that did not stop a crowd of close to 50 citizens from Minerva and nearby towns who were bent on picking up roadside trash in an effort to make the Town look neater.

Seeing assorted roadside trash items as one travels the highways and byways of any town detracts from the scenery, no question.

The Town of Minerva-sponsored Clean Up Day April 26 was a great way to get folks up and out to make the community a nicer place to be.

Beginning around 9 a.m., participants stopped by the Minerva Town Hall to pick up their plastic bags and sign up for their stretch of roadway.

Betty LeMay, who has been an important part of the clean-up day festivities for many years, thoughtfully kept track of these stretches and the groups or individuals who walked them.

This reporter was assigned a section of State Route 28N, running from Ridge Road to the Northwoods Club Road. For close to three hours our team of pickers (a team of two, including MCS student/Taiwanese son Kevin Hsiao) walked along the ditches and shoulders of 28N, picking up bottles, cans, assorted plastic things, paper products and lots of packaging trash. Also found was a beat-up 16-pound bowling ball. They bagged up trash and left the bags on the roadside to be picked up later by Town of Minerva employees.

At Minerva Lake pavilion around noon three was a barbecue with hotdogs, burgers, various salads, beverages, and desserts was made available to the roadside pickers. A bowling ball was a winner in a tough contest for weirdest trash item, a competition that included a very useable football, tennis balls and various deer carcasses.

A very enthusiastic but chilly crowd of folks enjoyed their time under the pavilion as well as out on the roadways. A group of Cub Scouts from North Creek also helped out; and a number of students from Minerva Central School also participated.

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