Pictured above are volunteers who helped clean the streets and ditches throughout Weston has part of the 12th Annual Weston Make It Shine Day on April 13. Several volunteer groups postponed their work because of the rainy weather. They will work later in the month. The planters will be painted on April 27, followed by flower planting on May 5.

Weston Make It Shine Day

For twelve years, the City of Weston has coordinated two events as a prelude to the annual Weston 5K Walk Run. This year the Make It Shine Day was held on Saturday, April 13 preceded by a week of cleanup by the Weston Street Department. Between April 1 and April 5, the Street Department picked up 120 truckloads of trash from the residents of Weston.

“It is always a challenge to keep up with the calls and requests from our residents for their pickups,” explained Street Commissioner Bryan Reed. “I would like to thank the members of our Street Department staff for their hard work during the week. Most everyone was happy and grateful for the opportunity to do some spring cleaning at their homes.”

The City has worked every year with the WV DEP to obtain gloves and bags for the cleanup which is usually held on the Saturday before the Weston 5K. The City has also obtained grants to install garbage cans and dog stations throughout the Weston as part of the effort to make Weston cleaner.

“When I first became mayor, I had a friend from Charleston stopping here who said that Weston seemed to have a lot of litter. It was upsetting and that is when we found out about the help that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection would provide small grants in this area,” explained Mayor Julia Spelsberg. “We started having an annual Make It Shine Day and the state has provided lots of help here.”

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