MINERVA - A beat-up old bike, plenty of discarded cans and even a plastic sled leftover from winter. No sacks of cash were found, but the large crowd of Minerva residents who came out to help clean up the roadsides of the town didn't mind - their job was to make their community a nicer-looking place to be and live.
Saturday, April 24 was Minerva Clean-up Day - an annual spring event that was especially successful this year. Over 40 people tall and small stopped off at the Town Hall in the morning, signed up for particular stretches of road, grabbed plastic bags and headed off to do a great community service. Many workers found that the roadsides were surprisingly un-littered, owing at least partly to the ongoing roadside-cleaning work of Minerva resident Bob Foley, who is often seen picking up trash throughout the town. Thank you, Bob.
At morning's end, roadside-cleaning workers gathered at the pavilion at Donnelly Beach to enjoy a picnic lunch. Minerva Town Board Member Betty Lemay (who coordinated the entire Clean-up Day event), made sure that every worker was well-fed and well-hydrated. Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey also provided certificates to volunteers due to their important work. The "Most Bags Collected" award went to the Davie family (seven bags), and the "Oddest Thing Collected" recognition went to Daniel Dunbar for a fishing net. Congratulations to these folks.
Thanks to all the volunteers, whether roaming the roadsides of Minerva or providing food at the pavilion after the trash-picking was done. Their work has made the Minerva community a better-looking place to be.