Picking up the trash

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
When Cheryl Arick woke up in the morning on April 10, she said she was fully human. But by the time she began participating in a massive cleanup effort throughout the city of Grove City, she transformed into a human and mountain goat hybrid. “I didn’t expect to be climbing over uneven rocks,” she said as she picked up trash wrapped around a branch at Gantz Park, “but so far my feet and balance haven’t failed me yet.” Arick was among more than 200 people representing 45 groups who took part in the Keep Grove City Beautiful cleanup effort. She is with TWIG (Together with Important Goals) 184, whose members often pick up litter at Gantz Park.
Gail Colwell finds her first facial mask of the day in the brush at Gantz Park. The resident of Grove City and TWIG 184 member said she was surprised to have found so few of them.
Despite carrying around heavy buckets and bags full of trash, Jim Swanson, Bev Killian and Chris Killian (pictured from left to right) are in good spirits as they make their final sweep along Gantz Road. The members of the Grove City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association said though it was dirty work, they were glad to do their part to keep the city safer. The cleanup event on April 10 was organized by the Keep Grove City Beautiful Committee and the Adopt-A-Street and Park families. City officials said they hope to make it an annual event.

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