Spring cleaning gets under way

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

A mild winter with little snow is no excuse to forego spring cleaning.

The longer daylight hours have certainly spotlighted those places that could use a little sprucing up. It's definitely time to pick up, rake up, bundle up and throw away all the trash that's been hidden by the dark days of winter.

Besides the return of the snow geese, the surest sign that spring is here is the annual cleanup efforts throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

For central peninsula communities, those efforts begin Saturday.

The Kenai Lions Club and ConocoPhillips will host a cleanup day in Kenai Saturday. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be headquartered at the Kenai green strip by the softball fields. Homer's cleanup day also is Saturday.

Later in the month, from May 12-17, the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host cleanup week. The chambers will provide trash bags for everyone wanting to help tidy up their neighborhoods. Bags will be collected by Peninsula Sanitation along major roads during the week. On May 17, the North Peninsula Community Council also will host a cleanup event in Nikiski.

We encourage everyone to pitch in and help clean up the peninsula. People can pick up trash on their lunch hours. They can make cleaning a family affair in the evening. Old friends can catch up with one another as they work together to pick up our highways and byways.

Clean neighborhoods are one way to show respect for this place we call home. And if everyone helps even a little bit it will mean the peninsula will be dressed for summer in no time.

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