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Woodford County hosts two Main Street Clean Sweeps on Earth Day

Versailles City Councilmember Laura Dake, left, helped Woodford Chamber of Commerce CEO Emily Downey clean up downtown Versailles during Saturday's Main Street Clean Sweep.
John McGary
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Versailles City Councilmember Laura Dake, left, helped Woodford Chamber of Commerce CEO Emily Downey clean up downtown Versailles during Saturday's Main Street Clean Sweep.

Dozens of volunteers spent part of their Saturday picking up garbage in the Woodford County cities of Versailles and Midway. Main Street Clean Sweep is an annual beautification project organized by the nonprofit Bluegrass Greensource. 16 other clean sweeps took place in central Kentucky from April 6th through Monday. Paulette Akers is a board member who picked up litter in downtown Versailles.

“I really think it's important that if you're living in a community and you see trash, that you pick it up when you see it and don't let it collect. And I think we've really seen that a lot of the areas that people use, we are seeing less trash that is there year after year.”

Akers said post-COVID, they’re seeing far fewer disposable facemasks and not as many cigarette butts, too. She was soon joined by Versailles City Council Member Lisa Johnson, who explained why she was pitching in and picking up.

“To beautify our beautiful city and county and because I don't like litterbugs.”

“Do you scold them?”

“No, no, but I do hold up my bag, I hold up my bag and I always take a picture of my bag when it's full.”

Other volunteers spent part of their Saturday cleaning up Woodford County’s Huntertown Community Interpretative Park. Huntertown was an African American hamlet established shortly after the Civil War.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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