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Neighbors pitch in to clean up Mason City’s south side

The team poses for a photo on October 1, 2016
The team poses for a photo on October 1, 2016

MASON CITY – A dedicated group of Mason City citizens worked this past weekend to clean up the city’s south side.

The citizens, working as a team through the Georgia Hanford Neighborhood Association, took old appliances and electronics, furniture, junk, trash and other debris at the Georgia Hanford Park Saturday morning. Residents from all over the neighborhood hauled their debris to the huge green receptacles from Waste Management.

The is about the tenth year in a row the clean-up event has been held. Thrivent was a sponsor.

Volunteers load junk and debris into a dumpster
Volunteers load junk and debris into a dumpster

Volunteer Chris Watts was on hand to guide the cleanup, along with Larry Solberg and others who pitched in. Residents were asked for a few dollars for the large items and the appliances.

So much junk was collected that three of the massive dumpsters were needed to haul everything away.

“Just part of our goal of giving back to the community, making Mason City a better place a live,” Mr. Watts explained.

Mr. Watts and some of the other volunteers actually went out Friday evening and picked up unwanted material from their elderly neighbors who couldn’t haul it to the dumpster site in the park.

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