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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Ruritan clubs to host clean-up days
Members and volunteers will pick up trash along county roadways
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Courtesy Photo: Callaway, Glade Hill and Waidsboro Ruritans are sponsoring the Franklin County Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 5. Volunteers will pick up trash along designated roads in the county.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Four local Ruritan clubs will begin spring cleaning along Franklin County's roadsides as part of their April membership drive.

Callaway, Glade Hill and Waidsboro Ruritans are sponsoring the Franklin County Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 5, while the Crossroads Ruritans will host a clean-up day in May.

Various stretches of roads have been targeted for trash pick-up around the county, and Ruritans are asking all county residents to clean the section of roadway in front of their houses on the 5, if they can do so safely. Anything that appears hazardous should be reported to VDOT for proper disposal.

Volunteers who want to take part in the organized group efforts of this community service project are encouraged to contact their local club.

The Waidsboro Club will clean Ruritan Road, starting at Route 40 and going as far as they can. Contact Club President Jesse Jones at (540) 483-0041 to help.

Glade Hill Ruritans will pick up along Webber Road from Brooks Mill Road to Crafts United Methodist Church. Gary Solomon is club president and can be reached at (540) 483-2438.

The Callaway Ruritans started the clean-up day in their community last year and had a lot of success in not only cleaning up the neighborhood, but also involving the community and raising awareness about littering. The effort resulted in over 130 bags of trash removed from 16 miles of county roads. The Callaway Club then served hot dogs, chips and drinks to the several volunteer groups who have all been invited back this year, along with the Callaway Elementary PTO. Last year's effort also had an unforeseen benefit.

"Our roads have stayed so clean, I've had to scout out road sections needing a good cleaning so we can send people to areas that actually need it instead of having a large group wasting their time on the same stretches we did last year that still have relatively little trash," said Bruce Bailey, president of the Callaway Ruritans.

"And that's been great because the whole idea is to get the community involved and aware and to stop littering in the first place, not just for us to get out and pick up trash," he added. "Our club already has 4 miles we do under the Adopt-A-Highway Program, so we're already doing that. This is about bringing the community together and sharing in something positive that leaves a healthier environment and our neighborhood more beautiful."

The Callaway Club is planning to clean sections along both ends of Old Forge Road; a section of Ferrum Mountain Road, near the intersection of Six Mile Post Road; Callaway Road from Callaway to Bethlehem Road; and a half-mile of Bethany Road from the intersection with Bethlehem Road. Volunteers can reach Bailey at (540) 483-3757.

Groups and individuals interested in helping the Crossroads Club in May should call Garland Shively at (540) 365-0114.

Burnt Chimney Ruritan Club members decided the sections of Routes 122 and 116 and Burnt Chimney Road near their club were too dangerous for a community trash pick-up.

"We pass out vests and do a safety briefing in Callaway," Bailey said. "We'd also like to remind drivers on the roads being cleaned to keep an eye out for the workers on the 5th. What we don't want is anyone getting hurt."

"What we do want is to find a number of people who are motivated to help their community by joining one of the great groups of people we have in our local Ruritan clubs," he added.

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