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CHESTER – The Chester Beautification Committee is hosting its annual Make It Shine community clean-up event in May and the more volunteers there are, the more the town will benefit.

Beautification committee chair Dustin Lang normally has 30 to 35 participants, but he hopes for even more help this year.

“This year I am trying to communicate more in the community through the social media platform,” Lang said, and added that 40 to 50 participants is his hope this year.

The beautification committee has hosted the Make It Shine program since the committee’s inception in 2016, but as a community, Chester has been part of the statewide effort for at least 10 years, Lang said. .

“It’s actually in coordination with the state of West Virginia. They have an environmental program they run statewide, Make It Shine, with cleanups across the state. You have to submit an application for your community, like the project you are going to do, and they give you supplies, waste pickers, bags and gloves,” he said.

Some of the areas the effort intends to focus on include sweeping up cigarette butts and litter on Carolina Avenue, adding a flowerbed near Chester, the world’s largest teapot, and preparing the bell on Third Street Playground for its upcoming summer facelift.

“There’s a big flowerbed there with the historic school bell that used to be there.” Lang said. “We’ll be sanding the bell and getting it ready to be professionally painted this summer.”

Lang also said the landscaping in this area will be refreshed.

“We’re going to replace all that netting and mulch and put some new perennials in there as well,” he said.

Lang said that with enough volunteers, they are also considering a possible fourth job site.

“If we have enough people we will try to mulch and do some landscaping around the Welcome to Chester sign between Chester and Newell,” he said. ” It’s a possibility. It depends on how many people we have that day.

Lang asks interested parties to register online in advance so the committee can plan ahead. Breakfast and supplies will be included, and there are even a few $20 gift cards up for grabs for whoever picks up the most trash.

“Pickup litter isn’t particularly fun, so we try to inspire people to make it productive,” Lang said, and added that there are many different types of tasks to please everyone. “I don’t want someone coming in and having to do things they don’t particularly like or don’t want to do. We have everything from cleaning litter and sweeping sidewalks to cleaning windows and planting flowers. There are a multitude of tasks and I leave it up to the person who volunteers to choose what they want to do. I want people to enjoy the day too.

All ages are invited, Lang said, noting that safety is a priority for the event and that police will help monitor closed roads.

“We have a few streets in the city that we have already approved and are safe,” Lang said. “So anyone under the age of 18 can litter under adult supervision on any of the city streets.”

Lang said after the last two years of the pandemic, cleaning up is a way to give back to the community. A business owner asked for help painting his door, he said.

The cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 14 with a rain date of May 21. Participants will meet at the Chester Municipal Building parking lot and breakfast and supplies will be provided. For more details, contact Lang at (304) 387-3387 or email [email protected]

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