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Pick Up Pike needs volunteers May 10

Pick Up Pike, a grassroots citizens’ organization that is working to clean up the streets of the county, is calling for a county-wide anti-litter pick up day May 10 in Williamson. Pick Up Pike is asking individuals and groups to join with them in picking up trash on the sides of public roads all over the county from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, May 10. The group has created a Pick Up Pike Facebook page and has raised one-fifth of its $5,000 goal via The funds will cover the cost of disposing of trash picked up by volunteers. The group picked up more than 400 pounds of trash on its first day of volunteering Saturday, March 29. ’One very talented friend of ours is making a PUP logo the group hopes will be used by all volunteers whenever and wherever they pick up trash or even discuss the subject,’ said volunteer Walker Chandler. ‘What we want May 10 is for everyone to serve where they are by cleaning up along their own frontages and the roadsides leading up to them. There will be a meeting place for a larger group to join to work on Highway 19. It’ll be announced soon.’ According to Matthew Wood, volunteers who meet at Williamson fire station will be provided with trash bags and vests during the cleanup May 10 and refreshments afterwards. ’With good participation hopefully we can make a huge impact,’ he said. ‘There will be a PUP representative at the fire station at the intersection of Williamson-Zebulon and Reidsboro roads directing people where to park and handing out trash bags and vests. These two roads are some of the worst roads in Pike, especially Reidsboro Road. We encourage those wanting to take part to let us know by responding to our Facebook page posts.’

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