If you drive through the town of Beverly on a regular basis, you most likely have seen her.
She walks up and down highway 219/250 with a plastic bag picking up litter, rain or shine, on both sides of the highway - way out of town to the north, way out of town to the south - in the high grass of the roadside ditches; and not just cans and bottles and larger pieces of trash, but down to cigarette butts as well.
When she is not cleaning up our mess, she is often sitting on her front porch smiling and waving to people as they drive by in their cars.
She is my hometown hero. She is a great addition to the community. Compared to most towns, and due to her hard volunteer work, the town of Beverly has a lot less roadside trash. She makes this area a better place to live. What a great citizen she is.
In case you wondered who she is, her name is Ruthie Cooper.
Next time you see her, beep your horn and giver her a thumbs up, or yell out a thank you to her. We owe her our debt of gratitude. We need more Ruthie Coopers in this world. Thank you Ruthie for all your hard work,