Sullivan: Spring for cleaning

The highways and byways of the town of Sullivan and village of Chittenango were lined with trash by late Saturday morning. Neatly bagged trash, thanks to the legions of volunteers who answered the call of organizers of events by the village and the Bridgeport-Lakeport Civic Organization.

The efforts are part of "Community Betterment Day," a celebration of Earth Day, spring and a desire to beautify the town.

This year, more than 40 people signed in at the Sheldon Park pavilion with Jackie Manning of the BLCO, but she said there were more like 60 people in the field because some signed in for groups of people.

BLCO tackled the northwestern reaches of the town of Sullivan, with volunteers trekking stretches of Route 31, Route 298, North Road, Hitchcock Point Road, Petrie Road and points between.

At the Chittenango Volunteer Fire Department, civic clubs and organizations signed in dozens of volunteers, who were dispatched to various areas of the village. Groups participating in the village included Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops 21, 11, 33 and 35; Girl Scout Troops 830, 735 and 338; Chittenango Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, Chittenango Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Trout Unlimited Madison County Chapter 680, Chittenango Rotary Club and the Chittenango Garden Club.

Areas tackled included the Baptist Church, Sullivan Park, Stooks Park, Butman Park, Oakwood and Harrington cemeteries, Lake Street, Pottery Road, the Presbyterian Church and fire station locations, the Methodist Church and Sullivan Free Library areas, Kirschenheiter Park and the canoe launch, St. Patrick's Church and Recognition Park, the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Route 5 West and Chittenango Creek.

Volunteers in both "headquarters" were treated to refreshments at the end of their shifts. Jackie's husband and BLCO leader Terry Manning patrolled the areas covered by BLCO volunteers to collect the bags of trash, which were then deposited into waiting town of Cicero and town of Sullivan Highway Department trucks.

In the village, the Department of Public Works will collect the bags Monday.

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