NEW CUMBERLAND - A citywide cleanup scheduled for April 21-26 will be another sure sign that spring has arrived in New Cumberland.
Organizers of the spring cleanup say the event will be bigger and better than previous ones.
"There are a lot of organizations that are getting involved. We're all working together to clean up the town for spring," said City Councilwoman Miriam Hess, chief organizer for the event.
The cleanup will give able-bodied city residents the chance to dispose of their trash in three dumpsters that will be set up between the old New Cumberland Dollar General store and Paula's House of Pets & Grooming on North Chester Street (state Route 2), Hess said.
Elderly and disabled residents will be able to have their trash picked up by volunteers on April 25 (Friday), she said.
"This is not just work. This is a celebration: We made it through winter, and spring is here," Hess said.
The dumpsters will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 to noon April 26 (Saturday). Two will be for household trash and one will be for scrap metal. Only residents who show a current New Cumberland water bill will be permitted to use the dumpsters, Hess said.
The dumpsters are being provided by NC Sanitation, which will transport them to a landfill when they are full. The city of New Cumberland is covering the cost of the dumpsters, Hess said.
"Whenever we get one full, we just give them a call and they send a truck down," she said.
Items that will not be accepted include tires, paint (old or unused), motor oil, computers, TVs and appliances. Such items are accepted at the Hancock County Recycling and Convenience Center, 832 Gas Valley Road.
The recycling center charges a fee for tires and TVs. Starting Monday, the center's spring/summer hours will be: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hess said volunteers are needed to man the dumpsters during the daytime hours. Anyone interested should contact Ursala Greenwood at 304-914-8868.
On April 22, Earth Day, Camp Fire Club members will do general cleanup in the city parks. They are planning additional work in the parks when the weather gets warmer in May, Hess said. Anyone who wants to help with the May projects should contact Pat Binkoski.
During the week of the cleanup, members of Boy Scout Troop 38, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Rick Greenwood, will paint fire hydrants in the city.
On April 25, members of the New Cumberland Lions Club will handle trash pickup from residents who are unable to get out of their homes, Hess said. For more information, contact Bob McNeil at 304-374-4884.
"I like seeing all these organizations working together," Hess said.
Related activities are scheduled for:
* April 19-Cleanup of the lot at North Chestnut and Jackson streets that will be used as a community garden. Contact George Hines for more information.
* April 7-12-Chester Spring Cleanup.