Bit by bit, piece by piece, Lawrence County is becoming cleaner. That is thanks in no small part to groups that are participating in the Great American Cleanup of PA, which kicked off March 1 and runs through May 31.

In recent days, we’ve seen Steve Jones and Kevin Taylor organize a group to clean-up an area on West North Street. A report from one the participants indicated that residents also had come out that day on Bell Avenue and Smithfield Street to pick up their neighborhood.

On April 27, Sidney McKnight and volunteers from several area churches are planning to continue the effort to clean up New Castle’s West Side. Scheduled to participate are representatives from Victory Christian Center, New Castle Campus, St. Luke AME Zion Church, St. John United Holy Church on Moravia Street, Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, St. Paul Baptist Church, Union Baptist Church, Prevailing Word World Outreach Center, and the NAACP.

Local businessman Pat Amabile is organizing a cleanup with Fran Joseph and the New Castle Softball League on April 29 at Gaston Park in conjunction with Earth Day.

And certainly we would be remiss not to applaud the efforts of Edinburg resident Ron Richman who single-handedly has spent weeks removing litter around the village and along Route 422.

Yet while we couldn’t be more proud of folks such as these, their efforts are ones that shouldn’t be necessary.

It is hard to believe than in an era where concern for the environment has never been higher, there are still lazy, thoughtless slobs who believe that waiting until they get home or to a business to properly dispose of their refuse is simply too much to ask.

If you see anyone defacing our county in this way, we urge you to do what you can — get a license plate, check for identifying papers among the debris — and report them to police.

And if you haven’t been out helping to clean up the area where you live, get out and lend a hand. You can follow Richman’s lead and take it upon yourself, or you can be a part of the Great American Cleanup of PA.

The campaign makes it easy to participate.

You can register event at www.gacofpa.org and receive free bags, gloves and vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last. Events can include litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification and greening projects, recycling efforts and education.

As part of this program, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association is sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA every day from now through May 4. During the Pick It Up PA Days, registered events will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for reduced or free disposal.

In addition to registering an event, you also can find an already scheduled one in which to participate.

The ones we’re seeing there include:

•Godsquad Cleanup, 1 to 4 p.m. today, New Wilmington.

•Lawrence County Adult Probation Litter Pick Up, 8 a.m. to noon April 25

•Wampum Citizens clean-up, 10 a.m. to noon April 27

•New Wilmington Borough Celebration of Earth Day and Compost, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27

•Wampum North County Trail Association, 1 to 3 p.m. April 28.

Contact info for these events can be found by visiting https://gacofpa.org/great-american-cleanup-of-pa-find-an-event/ and selecting Lawrence County from the pull-down menu.

We thank all those who have participated in cleaning up our county, and encourage those who haven’t to join in.

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