Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

March 20, 2014

Jump in with PV’s clean up

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The time is now to get involved in one big collective push to get all parts of Pauls Valley cleaned up during the start of spring.

Now an annual effort, it’s best known as the local version of the larger Keep Oklahoma Beautiful campaign.

Again leading the charge is Lou Hall —known for her enthusiastic approach to picking up trash and working to keep the community cleaner.

Hall is encouraging any Pauls Valley resident or group to help out by picking up trash in any size area of a street, alley or just about any place in town.

“Anybody can help out by picking up trash,” Hall said. “We want everyone to participate.

“You don’t have to tell me when you’re doing it. Just tell me how many people worked, how long they worked and how many bags of trash were picked up.”

It’s happening now because PV is recognizing the special clean up campaign throughout both March and April.

The additional month has been tacked on because spring break for students and teachers, along with all the various school related activities this time of year, typically slows the beautification effort just a bit.

To help get the local effort organized Hall has sent out letters to individuals, businesses, a total of 37 churches and each of the local schools, which is out on spring break right now.

Her goal has been get the assignments filled for each area of town.

With everyone invited to contribute, Hall stresses she just needs all the work documented as all the numbers related to the local clean up will ultimately be submitted to state Keep Oklahoma Beautiful officials.

“If you want to do something to help then do it,” she said. “Just keep track of what you did and let me know what it was.”

The way to contact Hall is call 405-238-2432 and leave a message.

Again part of the clean up effort is the unique Trash Off Parade set to march through the downtown streets of PV in April.

The local campaign continues to be sponsored by the city of Pauls Valley and Main Street PV.

New to the sponsorship are all three Garvin County commissioners for their clean up efforts throughout their respective districts.

Also coming on each Saturday in April is free dumping for PV residents.

Local residents who bring a current water bill statement will be allowed to dump at the solid waste transfer station from 8 a.m. to noon each of those Saturdays.