Abilene clean up

With it’s tree lined streets, charming homes, two-minute commute and casual pace of life, Abilene is a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Neighbors tend to know their immediate neighbors and offer a helping hand when needed

However, there are those for whom maintaining their property and adjacent parkways is a challenge. Abandoned tires, overgrown vegetation, limb piles, dilapidated structures, dead trees, peeling paint and debris contribute to the harboring of vermin, growth of mosquitoes, evasive weeds, and general unsightliness.

These circumstances detract from the quality of life we all enjoy and devalues our neighborhoods.

For several years the city of Abilene in coordination with Dickinson County have conducted a “Clean Up Week” when citizens bring household goods, construction debris, limbs and other items to the curb for pick up and disposal.

The City Public Works department has done a yeomen’s job with this annual event. While the curbside pickup of “Clean Up Week” will continue this year, the neighborhoods can make a greater impact by making it a Make a Difference Week.

During Make A Difference Week, members of the community will work together to make a significant positive improvement in neighborhoods. Volunteer teams from churches, businesses, civic groups, and clubs are forming to sweep through targeted neighborhoods to help neighbors by cleaning up.

Our collective and focused effort can make major improvements with a modest time commitment. Not only will neighborhoods be improved but residents will also come to know neighbors and the community better while building teamwork. Families and individuals are also encouraged to volunteer for this effort.

“Make A Difference Week” is slated for Sept. 15 through Sept. 21.

A volunteer appreciation picnic is planned for September 30th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Venue on Broadway.

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