BEECH BOTTOM - For the fourth consecutive year, officials and residents of Beech Bottom have received a state award for their efforts to beautify and clean up their community.
Travis Cooper, coordinator of the West Virginia Make It Shine program, announced as the program's grand prize winner, the village also received $500 for future cleanups.
The municipalities of New Cumberland, Odd (in Raleigh County) and Camden (in Lewis County) also received the award, which is given to communities involved in cleanups, removal of illegal dumps, the state's Adopt-a-Highway program and other beautification efforts.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION Beech Bottom officials and residents have received the West Virginia Make It Shine Award for the fourth consecutive year for their efforts to beautify their community. Taking part in the award presentation were, front, from left, Village Recorder Linda Dowell; Travis Cooper, coordinator of the Make It Shine program; and Councilwoman Becky Uhlly: and back, Craig Rote, program manager for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan, which is affiliated with Make It Shine; and Mayor George Lewis. -- Warren Scott
Mayor George Lewis noted each year village officials and residents of all ages participate in a spring cleanup, and this year's was coordinated by Village Recorder Linda Dowell and Councilwoman Becky Uhlly.
Also on hand for the presentation was Greg Rote, program manager for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan, which provides bags and gloves for volunteers involved in the cleanups.
Last year the village received a $9,800 grant from West Virginia R.E.A.P. to purchase a dropoff bin for recyclable materials. Residents may deposit paper, plastic and aluminum in the bin, which is by the municipal garage by the Beech Bottom Municipal Building.
Lewis said response to the bin has been positive, with it being emptied on a weekly basis. It contents are delivered to the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority's Recycling Center not far away.
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