Spring cleaning took place on a townwide scale recently in the town of Poland.
Residents of Kennedy and the surrounding area once again took part in sprucing up their own homes as well as the community.
Volunteers picked up trash and debris around town, as well as beginning to work in public gardens. People could bring their unwanted items to the Highway Department garage on Grubb Hill Road, where workers loaded it into a dumpster and a truck for hauling to the transfer station. Highway Superintendent Larry Mee stated that about 50 yards of material was gathered this year. In addition, metal objects were separated out, to be sold for scrap.
Town of Poland Highway Dept worker Duane Sadowski behind excavator with some of the debris brought by town residents during the clean-up day.
This year's clean-up was typical, Mr. Mee said. The annual event benefits residents, who don't have to haul larger items to the dump and pay for their disposal. The community as a whole is neater, and fewer items are tossed along the back roads, waiting for highway workers to clean up the mess.
Since Kennedy Pride began the event several years ago, residents and volunteers have noticed that more people are taking pride in their surroundings, and keeping them neat the year round.