Volunteers help clean up Coshocton

| June 30, 2020

A litter-free community is not just a pretty sight, it is a sign of a community that cares.

Coshocton United Way with the City of Coshocton, Coshocton Recycling & Litter Prevention and volunteers met on the court square for the 16th annual Big Coshocton Cleanup on Saturday morning June 20. The project was referred to as the Day of Caring due to scheduling it on the longest day of the year. Clean-up activities also have a social benefit because the project provides an opportunity to get out and help in your community along with other like-minded people and friends.

Max Crown, city safety services manager, and Lyn Mizer, director of the United Way, made a list of areas all over Coshocton in need of a clean-up.

“The railroad tracks are a bad area where people leave a lot trash, Morgan Run, Cassingham Hollow, along old 16. Out of site out of mind. From the city standpoint, we really appreciate it,” Crown said.

Gloves and trash bags were provided. The first 50 volunteers received a t-shirt and granola bars and bottled water as well. Raco Transmissions’ Larry Monroy and Stanley Suchevits donated ice cream bars and water for everyone. While Rent-A-Center donated the use of a refrigerator freezer.

“We appreciate the help anytime anyone can pick up litter,” said Tammy Rogers from Coshocton County Recycling & Litter Prevention. Rogers combined forces with Premiere Fitness gym to pick up trash while Plogging. Plogging originated in Sweden. The group jogs along and squats to pick up litter. “It’s a workout and you’re doing something good for your community,” she said.

Some of the groups participating included Hopewell, Newpoint Church, Kiwanis, McWane and Kraft Foods.

Maureen Karl with the Kiwanis group said she has helped clear the Millstone Monument at the west end of Main Street for the last seven or eight years. The group trims, weeds, and picks up litter. “Last year we replaced the flag. We love giving back to the community,” she said.

Kate Brady a Coshocton High School freshmen and a first-year member of the Key-Club was clearing weeds at the Millstone. “I like gardening and thought this would be nice. I haven’t been outside in a while,” she said.

Kimball’s Trash and Recycling Service provided a dumpster at the fairgrounds for Boy Scout Troop 403 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart. The scouts were collecting used appliances. Community service in your city is an important aspect of scouting.  Scout leaders Cathy and Jim Waibel’s troop have participated in the clean-up project for 15 years. “The scouts strip appliances or repair them to earn money for the Boy Scouts. The project is part of their community service,” Cathy said.

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