Cleanup crew tackles Gordon Highway

Joshua McKee woke up a few hours early Saturday to help with the Gordon Highway clean up before starting a full day of work .

“I really didn’t mind,” the Evans resident said . “This is the area of town where I work and I drive along this road every day. Everyone who uses this road should want to keep it clean.”

Mr. McKee was among almost 300 volunteers who met at 6:30 a.m. to help clean nearly 12 miles of the highway . Many volunteers were employees of Gordon High­way businesses or from local civic organizations.

“One of our goals is roadside beautification,” said Pat Hatha­way, the president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. “It’s exciting to see the community come together for such a great effort.”

Organizers began planning the cleanup about two months ago after seeing trash accumulate along the highway, said organizer Rick Brady, the dealer manager of Acura of Augusta.

“A lot of businesses and people from the community want to see Gordon Highway get back to the way it used to be,” he said. “This is a nice community, and people here are really concerned. You can tell that by the turnout. Our goal is to encourage people to do their part in keeping this highway clean.”

V olunteers picked up everything from paper and cigarette butts to soda cans and small pieces of metal.

“It’s amazing what we’ve found out here,” volunteer Debra Burke said. “I love my city and though I smoke, I would never throw my butts, or any trash for that matter, on the ground. Hopefully people driving by noticed what we’re doing and will think twice before littering.”

Organizers plan to do the clean-up twice a year.

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