Community comes together during annual spring cleanup
• Special to the Leader & Times
Saturday was the annual Northeast Liberal Leadership (NELL) cleanup day. Seward County Commissioner C.J. Wettstein along with Liberal Mayor Joe Denoyer, Adolescent Support Services, several local residents and leaders participated in the cleanup.
There were approximately 50 people helping in the effort this year armed with gloves, trash bags, rakes and brute strength. They raked trash and leaves, picked up old discarded appliances and deposited approximately seven tons of trash at the landfield.
The day began with a breakfast served at 8 in the morning at Mahuron Park. Representatives from the city were present and gave landfill passes for the many volunteer drivers. The group was divided into work crews and were assigned a route to take through the area.
Crews worked all morning and lunch was provided by members of NELL. Crews went back to work after lunch and finished around mid afternoon.
Wettstein’s crew was able to collect several shopping carts belonging to Dillon’s Grocery Store, which were left abandoned throughout the area, and returned them to the store.
Denoyer took the opportunity to teach his own children the value of community service work.
ABOVE: One of the volunteer crews loads tree trimmings onto a flatbed trailer during Saturday’s annual cleanup day organized by Northeast Liberal Leadership or NELL. Courtesy photo
LEFT: These volunteers are busy gathering trash in an alleyway Saturday in northeast Liberal, where NELL organizes a volunteer cleanup day each year. Courtesy photo