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May 9, 2013

Community cleanup efforts help 'beautify' town

LONDONDERRY — For 10 years, community volunteers have helped "beautify" Londonderry.

The town's Beautify Londonderry group is spending weekends this month spreading mulch, planting flowers, and cleaning up community roadways and trails.

This year's efforts run weekends through May 26.

The community effort began as a way for volunteers, school and church groups, Scouts and other civic organizations to help keep Londonderry clean.

The town also has an anti-littering committee that focuses on roadways for cleaning efforts.

"They were more focused on picking up roadside litter," Beautify Londonderry chairman Kerri Stanley said.

Beautify Londonderry tackles other areas, including town buildings and properties. That includes the the Town Common, Morrison House, senior center and trails.

Schools also get spruced up.

"We do all the school properties," Stanley said. "There is often no money in the school budgets to purchase mulch or other items."

Stanley said there is always generous support from individuals and businesses who offer time and supplies.

But Stanley said volunteer numbers are down this year. She invited groups, families and individuals to get involved through this month.

"I'm putting the word out to get more people involved," she said.

Information is available on the town's website or on the Beautify Londonderry Facebook page.

Groups already out in force include trail supporters, who cleaned up some areas last weekend. This weekend's plan includes work at North Elementary School and the senior center.

Stanley said groups can take on afternoon projects if weekends don't work out.

Littering continues to be a big problem in town, Stanley said.

She credits volunteers for all their efforts.

"We do have the faithful, loyal groups that come back every year," she said.

More help is always needed. To get involved for any upcoming weekend projects, call Stanley at 434-3476 or visit the group on Facebook or the town website, londonderrynh.org.

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