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Cleanup about more than a day

Published 9:40am Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Take this as one final plea to help Lawrence County shine this Saturday — and hopefully beyond.

The Great American Cleanup, led by the Keep America Beautiful organization and the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District, is set for Saturday and can make a huge difference in how our county looks, and perhaps more importantly, how citizens feel about the region they call home.

It is not too late to make a commitment to get involved in some way. Even those who do not wish to participate with a large group or meet at one of the centralized work locations that include Depot Square in Ironton and the Chesapeake Community Center can still give back.

Even just taking a little time to beautify your own property and the area around your house can go a long way.

Individual efforts like this help to create the overall presentation that Lawrence Countians care about where they live.

At its heart, that is really what this event is hoping to accomplish. It isn’t just about cleaning up one day.

The goal is changing mindsets and the entire culture, so that we live like this all year long.


  • mickakers

    Poor Richard; As a PS: Benjamin Franklin would be displeased by your comments pertaining to the citizens of Kentucky and West Virginia.

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  • mickakers

    Poor Richard; I think your bigotry in regard to the citizens of Kentucky and West Virginia is a bit misplaced. Have you taken the time to drive around Boyd and Greenup County Kentucky or Cabell and Wayne County West Virginia? In actuality, the residents of the aforementioned counties are a step ahead of the residents of Lawrence County Ohio.

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  • Poor Richard

    Last month I drove through numerous counties in Ohio visiting various retail and gift shops. What I noticed was Ohio counties like Jackson, that are NOT bordering another state (particularly WV and KY), are clean and well maintained. There is an occasional dumpy property but nothing like the Ohio counties bordering WV and KY. Route 32 and 35 in Jackson were very clean and I noted only occasional litter. Not sure if it is due to the people culture or the ODOT office in that county doing a MUCH BETTER JOB of actually picking up litter. Ross county, different culture; Adams county has a lot of junk properties but that county is changing due to several influences including an influx of Cincinnati citizens. I never remembered Gallia being that way until about three to five years ago things started changing. The two worse counties are Lawrence and Scioto.

    In my opinion, the two BIGGEST problems with trashy properties in Ohio are out-of-staters moving in and some bringing their nasty culture with them and second is the disgusting rental property owners renting their shacks to anyone and everyone including criminals. It seems the culture is one of thinking it appropriate to degrade the landscape beyond recognition, of using junk cars for stream bank protection or as yard decor, of thinking our waterways are landfill areas for their personal use and for maintaining their yards as an area to scatter trash and garbage that ends up everywhere.

    I think it is about time that Ohio shows the trash-heads that we will not tolerate their behavior – at all! I don’t know if any of the local officials ever get out in the county but I can’t believe they haven’t noticed how utterly disgusting and filthy the county has become.

    Isn’t it amazing that so many people are pigs and too lazy to throw their trash in a garbage can!

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