As the snow melts, there has been plenty of debris that has showed up in yards and wooded areas, junk that people let go to the wind during the winter months.
It’s an annual problem that needs to be tended to and unfortunately the amount of civic-minded people who help out with this every year is dwindling.
Cleanup week in Stephenville starts Monday. Coun. Darlene Oake says there are few groups and fewer individuals that show up each year to help with the cleanup.
Fortunately, there are some people who take it into their own hands to go beyond the fences that form the borderlines of their properties and some that even organize and help conduct a neighbourhood cleanup.
Looking around the community, there are already some people who have been out cleaning up their properties and while that’s good to see, there are other vacant properties that are certainly not appealing to the eye.
Perhaps that will change during cleanup week as the Beautification Committee is hoping more organizations and individuals will get involved in neighborhood and general area tidying up.
Last year there was positive news on the We Care Trail located behind Kindale Public Library in that the 2904 Cambrai Royal Canadian Army Cadets, who have been picking up there for years, collected a lot less debris.
Sadly though, when out picking up there are familiar items in places that are not too far from convenience and corner stores.
Shopping bags are hung in trees, while discarded pull tab tickets and bar wrappers, cigarette packs and the boxes themselves are familiar items for those carrying out the job of cleaning up.
There is no doubt the people out picking up refuse get frustrated with what they are finding and wonder at times why they should be out collecting the mess that some other person, without perhaps even a thought, discarded time after time.
Really the only reward is a neat neighbourhood and rewards it brings. Despite the minority of uncaring citizens who do this, there is a majority of people who take civic pride in their property and their town.