Clean-Up Green-Up loads up dumpster
POLSON — Clouds and occasional showers didn’t dampen the spirits of kids and adults participating in Polson’s Clean Up Green Up program last weekend.
Folks could pick up their “assignment,” gloves and trash bags on Friday at the North Lake County Library District meeting room.
A map of the city spread on the table had sticky notes with a group or an individual’s name affixed to the area they were cleaning up.
“We’re pretty well covered,” said Mary Jensen, chair of the Envision Polson Beautification Committee.
Participants included students from Polson schools, businesses, individuals and civic groups. The Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Masumola Club picked up trash during the weekend, and dog lovers joined the effort by cleaning up the Travis Dolphin Off-Leash Dog Park on Sunday.
Gas caps and air fresheners were some of the more interesting items recovered besides paper, plastics, cans, bottles and other trash, which volunteers put in bags and heaved into a dumpster provided by Allied Waste in the parking lot across Fifth Street from the Polson VFW Post 2986.
Jensen said her committee would like to get more businesses and groups in the Montana Transportation’s Adopt a Highway program, so stretches of highways can be cleaned up several times during the year.
A Clean-Up Green-Up sign spans U.S. Highway 93 in downtown Polson. Cheryl and Edgar Maldonado and Black Mountain Software donated the sign, and Jensen credits it with helping boost the number of volunteers.
“This is the best (turnout) we’ve ever had,” Jensen said.