Lend a hand to keep city clean

Growing up, I learned that littering was wrong. On television, I watched a Native American chief crying while looking across a trashy landscape, and I repeated Woodsy the Owl’s motto “Give a Hoot — don’t pollute!” I sang, “Please, please, don’t be a litter bug,” while riding in the car.

Today, I see litter almost everywhere I travel, not just in Terre Haute. It’s a national problem, and I’m not sure why. Is it laziness or selfishness or ignorance? Perhaps all of the above?

There are presently many groups, with the support of Mayor Bennett and Laurie Tharp with Code Enforcement, working to clear up littered areas in Terre Haute and its surroundings. Pop-up clean-ups are occurring regularly. By checking The Society of Trash Baggers, Keep Terre Haute Beautiful/TREES, Inc., 12 Points Community Revitalization, and posts from other active groups and individuals on Facebook, one can see the activity regarding clean ups in our area. So many people are doing amazing things.

A citywide cleanup will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until noon, starting in the parking lot behind the Terre Haute police station on Wabash. Another clean-up for the 12 Points/Collett Park area will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. until noon, starting in The Maryland Community Church 12 Points. Supplies for the clean ups will be distributed upon arrival.

Please plan to attend and be a part of the activity focused on cleaning our city. If unable to attend, one can still do his or her part by picking up litter in a small area, remove paper ads from a shopping cart before returning it , or maybe even just cleaning the sidewalk area in front of your home. The best thing we all can do is not litter at all.

Woodsy the Owl’s updated motto is “Lend a hand — care for the land”. Let’s all do our part, so we all can love where we live.

— Ann Butwin, Keep Terre Haute Beautiful/TREES, Inc.


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