Volunteers and Weston Street Department employees have been working hard during Weston's April Cleanup.
The Weston Street Department picked up tons of debris from residences in Wards One and Two during the first week of April. Pickups in Wards Three and Four were to be done this week.
"We have had quite a successful project," said Weston Public Works Director John Hogan. "A cleanup has not been done in quite a few years, so we were expecting a lot of debris. We have picked up much more than we expected but that was the point of our effort ... to clean up Weston."
Weston Planning Commission member Joe Jarrell levels up the new posts for a fence he built at Lively Park on the corner of 4th Street and Center Avenue. Jarrell heads up the effort for Weston’s cleanup this month. He also spent a day cleaning the 4th Street Bridge.
The cleanup has been made more effective by the numerous volunteers participating in it. Members of the Women of the Moose spent Saturday painting the box planters throughout Downtown Weston. Sheila Sayre headed up the effort. The boxes were built by Dick Harrison several years ago and were in need of sprucing up.
The coordinator of the cleanup, Joe Jarrell of the Weston Planning Commission, spent a day cleaning the Fourth Street Bridge. He also built fencing to protect Lively Park, at the corner of Fourth Street and Center Avenue from cars parking on the lawn.
Kitson Street residents Sue and Pat Cauffield have been picking up trash in their area and have cleaned the flower boxes at the Triangle on Main Avenue. P. Cauffield also spent time fixing the tops of the flower boxes throughout the city.
The cleanup has become contagious. Jonelle Spiker is organizing volunteers to clean up the Sycamore Lick area after seeing information about the Weston cleanup.
This Saturday, Weston will participate with the Lewis County Commission and Town of Jane Lew for the statewide Make It Shine Day.
Volunteers for Weston should meet at the County Commission offices at Garton Plaza at 9 a.m. that morning. It is suggested that volunteers bring push brooms if possible. The city will provide bags and gloves. Volunteers will sweep sidewalks, paint flower boxes and pick up trash.
As a thank-you to volunteers, the Weston Planning Commission will have a cookout at 2 p.m. that day at the Weston Municipal Building. Weston Shop n Save will provide the hotdogs and buns. Other food will be provided by the Planning Commission.
Anyone who'd like more information or to volunteer can call 304-269-3683 in the evening or 304-269-6141.