Litter sweep help still needed on Saturday

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 06:25 PM

Roadsides are improving, but the work isn’t quite done.

The Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep Week comes to a conclusion on Saturday. A recycling effort is scheduled for Saturday morning, volunteers are still needed for a cemetery project, a hot dog lunch is planned and there is the chance to win cash.

Terri Hedrick, chairwoman of the Vance County Appearance Commission, says there are easy ways to get involved in all of it.

“In the past, we’ve typically had about 300 volunteers,” Hedrick said. “This is the fifth year.”

The recycling of old electronics takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the City Operations Center, located at 900 South Beckford Drive. Representatives from Metech Recycling will properly dispose of items brought through a recycling effort.

At Rock Bridge Cemetery, located at Old Epsom Road and Skenes Avenue, renovations are still ongoing. The request is for leaves to be raked to make way for fill dirt.

“We’ve been working on it for over a year now,” Hedrick said. “The city and county appearance commissions took it on as a project. The cemetery is almost completely overgrown, a four-acre area.

“Through a lot of hard work through volunteers, we’ve been able to clear a good part of the land. But there’s still a lot more to do.”

And Saturday’s project is raking. The plan is for volunteers to call ahead, and then meet at 9 a.m. Saturday bringing their rakes. By contacting organizers ahead of time, other supplies, including gloves, can be made available to volunteers. Those planning to help can contact Hedrick at (252) 492-2127, ext. 2100, or through email at

Those who have volunteered during the week will be treated to lunch at 11 a.m. at the City Operations Center. Tickets have been distributed to those volunteering as they received supplies and signed up.

And those at the Saturday lunch will be eligible to receive cash prizes. The group with the most trash bags will earn $150; the largest group earns $100; and there is a $50 prize for the most unique item found.

The luncheon and cash prizes are a sponsorship from the foundation of former NFL player Jason Brown, a Northern Vance High School graduate. Past unique items have included scuba gear and an overturned golf cart.

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