By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The town is getting spruced up.
Every spring, Derry’s Go Green Committee and town supporters take on a week-long cleaning effort to spruce up neighborhoods and roadways.
All this week, leading up to Earth Day, Go Green supporters, community groups and individuals have been out in force to help brighten up Derry.
Last weekend, Troop 98 Boy Scouts took time to clean up the Derry Rail Trail. Members of the Beaver Lake Improvement Association picked up trash near the water and beyond.
“Butts and bottles are one of the worst things that you find along the roadside,” Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives said. “If you are throwing butts out the window, shame on you.”
Ives urged everyone to “put their walking shoes on” and get out this week to help clean up Derry. Now that snow has melted, it’s easy to see the problem areas needing attention.
The town’s transfer station provided blue trash bags for community members to pick up and fill with trash around the community.
Once the bags are filled, people can call the transfer station or Public Works Department to have crews come pick up the bags.
The cleaning effort continues through April 20.
Conservation Commission member Dennis Wiley urged residents to also go online to the Go Green Derry site at go-green-derry.org to let the group know just what locations they were taking on as a cleaning project. That includes any individual, group or organization on a cleaning mission this week.
There was enough work to go around.
“There is plenty of trash to pick up,” Wiley said.
Wiley thanked everyone who took part in the cleaning project and heralded their commitment to a cleaner Derry.
“For the people picking up the trash, we want to thank you,” Wiley said. “For the people leaving it, you don’t need to leave any additional trash, we have plenty to pick up.”
Go Green chairman Judy Follo said once cleanup is done, the group will tally the amount of trash collected and post totals online.
Ives said the annual community trash pickup allows everyone to pitch in for a good cause.
“Let’s make our streets and sidewalks pretty again,” she said.