TOWNS ARE GREENING UP AND CLEANING UP
“Blooming Grove Clean Day” was a big success. A bit brisk, but sunny, it was perfect for the volunteers who came out in force to Keep the Bloom in Blooming Grove. The miles of roads walked, and the hundreds of trash bags filled were quite the accomplishment, perhaps not back-breaking but definitely exhausting. Blooming Grove’s Highway Department, led by Hwy. Sup. Wayne Kirkpatrick, and his men, were out there helping not only all day, but with additional roadside and large item pick-ups throughout the week, including an entire toilet that was dumped right by the Oxford Depot Exit, a main entrance to the Town. Then followed the heavy work of Electronic Recycling Day, when residents brought thousands of pounds worth of TV’s, computers, refrigerators, and the like.
The BG Clean Team offered thanks to everyone who pitched in, “to our Town Supervisor, Rob Jeroloman, Highway Superintendent, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and George Hogan from the Highway Department—whose support makes this event possible. Special thanks to Bob-Bee at Dunkin’ Donuts for their generous donation and to Boy Scout Troop 16. Johanna Kiernan, Mary Ann McCarthy and Neil Okeson all donated extra time and effort to help make our Cleanup Campaign a success, plus a special thank-you to Anne Gaylor, who they said has been the driving force that keeps this effort going year after year.”
Mayor Jim LoFranco, in the Village of South Blooming Grove, would also like to express his gratitude to all who came out. LoFranco said “The Village of South Blooming Grove and the Town of Blooming Grove joined forces with Boy Scout Troop 16 and Cub Scout Troop 316 along with local residents to pick up countless bags of garbage along the village roads. After a long cold winter, there was much work to be done and it was great to see the community get together in this way.”
The City of Newburgh also had groups out to clean roadsides and streets, and the Town of Newburgh had tons of brush to pick up that residents bagged and put roadside.
Like the fresh Spring air, and all of the hillsides “Greening Up”, the roads are now restored to a pretty countryside look.
Caption 1: Washingtonville cleanup helpers
Caption 2: VSBG Boy Scouts (Troop 16) and Cub Scouts (Troop 316)
Caption 3: Riversweep Newburgh
Caption 4: Stewart Parkland Cleanup