Cleanliness our goal
by Chip Latcham
Apr 06, 2011 | 878 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Our spring 2011 weather has been gorgeous, with cool mornings and warm, sunny afternoons – although we desperately need some rain.

Many Bee County residents have taken advantage of this opportunity to clean up our yards and gardens, and in and around our houses and businesses.

Just last weekend we witnessed dozens of orange safety vest-wearing volunteers picking up trash along the highways to the north of Beeville.

We commend them, especially the youths, for caring about their environment and presenting a more attractive locale for both visitors and nearby inhabitants.

This weekend it’s our turn. Beeville will host its annual Spring Clean event, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

That’s when the gates to the city’s yard at the westside collection station (200 S. Jackson St.) will open to accept all citizens’ junk – although people in the past have begun lining up much earlier.

City employees will be at the yard to assist until the afternoon when the vehicles stop coming.

Old furniture, broken toys and appliances and other rubbish will be accepted by the pickup or trailer load for free, provided Beeville residents show a current, paid water bill.

About all that won’t be accepted are paint cans with paint, used oil, old batteries and tires.

Many more businesses and civic groups than in past years are assembling teams of volunteers to help pick up trash for the elderly and disabled, city official and event organizer Buddy Hardy said.

Gold stars for those who are agreeing to participate, including Dave Moore Ford, Bee Proud Bee Clean, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Best Western, H-E-B Food Store, Beeville ISD, Superior Auto, Rice Plumbing, Diamond Auto Finish, Bee Auto Specialty, Exclusive Home Health, Joe Barnhart Foundation and some church groups.

Also, a special word of thanks to Hardy, Lanny Holland, Albert Bridge and his crew for staging this popular annual event, and to Teresa Holland and the Garden Club for furnishing breakfast, water and dinner to the workers.

We urge everyone to get involved, whether living within and outside the city limits, and help make a difference in our community’s appearance.

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