Clean-Up Day 2009 photos and news

Check out our photos and news coverage of the 2nd Annual New Boston Village Clean-Up Day.

Photos by Mike Payton …


News coverage published in the Portsmouth Daily Times, Sat. March 29, 2009 …

Second Annual Village Cleanup Day A Success
by Ryan Scott Ottney
Portsmouth Daily Times

Citizens and social groups hit the streets of New Boston Saturday morning, wearing eye-popping orange t-shirts and picking up trash as part of the Second Annual Village Cleanup Day.

Organized by New Boston Councilwoman Shelly Hickman-Aeh, about 75 people gathered at the New Boston Fire Department Saturday morning — including Girl Scout troops, Upward Bound students, New Boston students, Wal-Mart employees, village workers and residents.

“I’m really surprised that we have as many people as we had last year,” Hickman said. “I’m so proud of our kids. A lot of these kids go to New Boston, or live in New Boston, and I am always very proud of them. They represent our community very well.”

Among the kids were New Boston students Drew Delotell and Robert Waugh, who volunteered their Saturday morning to pick up trash to fulfill the community service requirement of being in the school’s Honor Society. The boys said they also participated in the clean up last year.

“It’s a good thing to cleanup the community and make it look good,” Delotell said. “Last year, we went to the park and the baseball fields and picked up trash and everything, and made sure it looked nice.”

Waugh agreed with Delotell that it was important to keep the village clean.

Brice Flowers, a resident of New Boston, called the community involvement excellent. Flowers also is organizing a New Boston Community Yard Sale, on June 6.

“I’m looking forward to seeing a cleaner New Boston,” Flowers said. “The first weekend in June, we’re going to be having our community yard sale. I’m one of the co-chairs and I’m inviting everybody to join all the New Boston residents. All the surrounding areas, we hope will come and see our beautiful little community.”

In addition to picking up trash and litter, the Village of New Boston also helped by cutting back trees for residents who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Even New Boston Mayor James Warren and village council members pitched in to help.

“I think it’s great when the community comes together to clean up their own area, to make it attractive and look nice for people who come in and out of the community. I give the council people credit for putting together this venture to clean up New Boston,” Warren said.

At noon, volunteers returned to the New Boston Fire Department for a free lunch donated by KFC and Arby’s.

RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or by e-mail at pdtwriter@ryanscottottney.com.