Commission for Clean County picks up road litter

Aug 14, 2013
Photo by: Dave Dudek Pictured left to right, front row: Jim Swan, Pam Shofkom, Jarvis Hampton, JoAnna Swanson, George Adler and Jerry Walker. Back row: Bob Shofkom, Steve Adler, Bill Skelton and Tim Garrett. Not pictured is Commissioner Bill Upton.

The Commission for a Clean County (CCC) went to work Saturday, Aug. 10, cleaning up litter on a county road chosen by the Haywood County Manager's office.

A dozen CCC board members and volunteers picked up litter beginning at the intersection of Routes 19 and 276 N, extending down 276 to the Jonathan Valley Elementary School and beyond.

Among the volunteers were Haywood resident Jim Swan and several members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Latter Day Saints continued picking up litter a mile beyond the school, covering one-and-a-half miles by themselves. Both Swan and members of the church have loyally participated in almost all litter pick-ups and have been given "Community Pride" awards by the CCC Board.

The mission of CCC is to help citizens understand the aesthetic, health and financial value of a clean county. Being cleaner will attract more businesses and, therefore, more jobs.

The CCC always is grateful to people who will come out to help. The last scheduled litter pick-up of the season will be Saturday, Sept. 21 in Maggie Valley. Those willing to help should call CCC Secretary JoAnna Swanson at 452-1550.