Pride in Pawhuska fall clean-up set

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
Pride in Pawhuska fall clean-up set

Oct. 18, could easily be described as Phase III of Citizens for Pride in Pawhuska’s clean-up efforts. Only this time, the clean-up brigade will find their efforts a little easier.

The targeted area for Saturday will be from Lynn Avenue east to Highway 99. Last year, Phases I and II removed accumulated sand, grass and silt from the curbs. These efforts were spearheaded by Hub Crelia and Jenna Hague. For Crelia, this was his initiation into the clean-up project. Hague was a co-chair of the Citizens for Pride project under the auspices of G.F.W.C. Heeko.

“When Jenna and I appeared at the Oct. 6, City County Meeting, they pretty much knew what to expect with the two of us together,” Crelia said. “When I approached them about designating Oct. 18, as a work day, new City Manager Mike McCartney thought it was a terrific idea and everyone else got on board with him. Mike also recommended we approach different organizations within the city to see what kind of help we could get.

“Last year, we had four weed eaters and possibly six folks with those big scoop shovels. We loaded residue from the heavy areas onto trailers that were hauled off. City and County volunteers also jumped in. Jenna and I were assured the City would once again work with us. Since our visit with the City Council, County Road Supervisor Jerry Howerton confirmed the County is also on board. In fact, Jerry is excited about our project. Last year, the late Cecil Gullett helped us tremendously. When I approached his successor, Peewee Easley, out at the fairgrounds, he said, ‘We can do it again.’ I’m trying to get the word out to civic and youth groups and have visited with FFA sponsor Joannie Lessert.

“If we can get four or five more weed eaters and six or eight more scoop shovels and with access to the street cleaners, I believe we can cover both sides of Highway 99 in one morning.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Flag Pole at 8 a.m. for donuts and bottled water. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

“Last year we had volunteers ranging in ages from 10 to 84,” Crelia said. “If enough volunteers show up Saturday, the work should be finished by noon. This will allow everyone time to cleanup for the Library’s 100th celebration and open house which begins at 1 p.m.”