Spring litter sweep April 25

Plans are being finalized for the Henderson-Vance County Spring Litter Sweep on Saturday, April 25, 2009, by the Henderson Community Appearance Commission and the Vance County Appearance Commission.

The litter sweep will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 25 with volunteers across the city and county cleaning up litter and trash along streets and roadways.

The appearance commissions are promoting the Spring Litter Sweep as a community wide event and encouraging all citizens to get involved in some way. Local citizens are asked on April 25:

* To clean up around the exterior of their homes

* For business owners to clean up around the exterior of their businesses

* To have their Adopt-A-Highway program groups clean up along their designated roadways

* To have Community Watch groups clean up in their neighborhoods

* To have Crime Stoppers groups clean up along major streets and roadways

* To have church groups, civic organizations and other community groups join in clean-up efforts

All citizens are urged to join the Spring Litter Sweep to begin a community wide campaign to improve the appearance of Henderson and Vance County. Volunteers interested in assisting in picking up litter and trash along streets in Henderson and roadways in Vance County are asked to report to designated stations to participate in the clean-up effort.

In Henderson, volunteers should report to the parking lot of the National Guard Armory on Dabney Drive at around 9:00 a.m. At the Armory, each volunteer will be given a vest, gloves and trash bags and then assigned in groups to go to designated streets to begin their cleanup. Chick-fil-A of Henderson will provide biscuits for the first 100 volunteers who report to the Armory parking lot.

Streets in Henderson which are designated as clean-up areas on April 25 include: Old Norlina Road, Young Avenue (Wakefield to Parham), Old Epsom Road, Ross Mill Road (dirt portion), Flint Hill area, Merriman/Nicholas Street (Wilkins and dirt road), McBorn Street, Coble Boulevard (State to Shirley), William Street, Rose Street, Garnett Street, Raleigh Road and Andrews Avenue.

In Vance County, volunteers should report around 9:00 a.m. to a reporting site located in the area in which they live. Once they arrive at the site, each volunteer also will receive a vest, gloves and trash bags and then be sent out in groups to pick up trash and litter along identified roads. The reporting station locations are Watkins Volunteer Fire Department on Horseshoe Bend Road, Kerr Lake Volunteer Fire Department on Satterwhite Point Road, Hicksboro Volunteer Fire Department on Hicksboro Road, Townsville Volunteer Fire Department on N.C. 39 North, Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department on West Main Street in Kittrell, Bearpond Volunteer Fire Department on Bearpond Road, Carver Elementary School on Carver School Road and E.O. Young Jr. Elementary School on U.S. 1 Business in Middleburg.

Roads in the county designated for cleanup on that day are Glover Road, Gun Club Road, Hicksboro Road, Fred Royster Road, Club Pond Road, John H. Bullock Road, Buchanan/County Line Road, Tungsten Mine Road, Jacksontown Road, Spring Valley Lake Road, Kittrell College Road, Briggs Road, Old County Home Road, Rock Mill Road, Weldon’s Mill Road, Vicksboro Road and Foster Road.

City Maintenance Department workers will be picking up trash collected by volunteers along city streets. The N.C. Department of Transportation, with assistance from a county maintenance truck, will pick up trash collected along county roads.

The eight manned trash sites located throughout Vance County will accept larger items including furniture and appliances on April 25 and on other days. However, the waste sites do not accept tires and yard debris. Tires must be taken to the county transfer station on N.C. 39 north of Henderson.

Volunteers participating in the Henderson-Vance County Spring Litter Sweep are invited to a hot dog luncheon on April 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the City Operations Center on Beckford Drive in Henderson. The luncheon is being sponsored by the Wisdom for Life Foundation founded by Jason Brown, a Henderson native who is now a star in the National Football League. Brown will attend the luncheon and is scheduled to speak to the volunteers. To be admitted to the luncheon, volunteers will have to have a ticket given out to them earlier in the day at their reporting site.

Several groups have already designated areas they will be cleaning on April 25 or in connection with the litter sweep day. Volunteers from the Church of Latter Day Saints will be cleaning up Blacknall Cemetery in Henderson. Teams of volunteers from Maria Parham Medical Center will be cleaning up along Ruin Creek Road, and volunteers from the hospital’s Rehabilitation Programs are cleaning up the street located behind the hospital.

Anyone wanting additional information about the Spring Litter Sweep is asked to contact Terri Hedrick at 252.492.2127, extension 2100, or Jane Rush at 252.492.7203.