The Times West Virginian

March 6, 2013

Volunteers needed for annual county cleanup event April 6

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Volunteers are needed for the second annual Make Marion County Shine (MMCS) event.

Linda Fravel, volunteer with MMCS, said sign-ups are starting for anyone interested in participating in this year’s annual litter pickup.

“We try to get volunteers throughout the county to get out on the streets and pick up litter,” she said.

MMCS will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

“Each town will have a designated spot where volunteers can pick up their supplies that morning,” Fravel said.

Volunteers will be supplied with bags, traffic vests, gloves and pickers. Fravel said the supplies are funded through the West Virginia Make It Shine program. She said the statewide cleanup is April 1-14.

After the April 6 cleanup, Consol Energy will host a picnic for the volunteers at Wave-Tek.

“They’ll have hot dogs, pizza, burgers and things like that,” Fravel said.

Fravel said Jackie Fitch was the person who began MMCS last year after she was fed up with seeing litter along roads throughout the county.

Last year, 144 volunteers helped clean up 44 miles of roadway throughout the county. They disposed of 13,000 pounds of trash.

One concern about the project was traffic, but no one was injured last year. Fravel said they would like traffic to slow down when volunteers are working along the road.

“Jackie is going to try to contact the state roads to try and help with high-traffic areas, maybe get some yield signs or some flaggers to slow down traffic,” Fravel added.

 

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