Taking a hands on approach to better the landscape
An abundance of large scale clean ups took place in April - including The Great American Clean Up, The Canal Clean Sweep and the clean up at The Botanical Gardens of North Tonawanda.
Residents showed their concern for cleanliness in their community and their dedication to bettering the area which they live in. They endured the chilling and sometimes rainy weather and headed to designated clean up areas with rake in hand.
Led by city officials - residents were able to trim back overgrown brush, weed gardens, pick up scattered debris, lay mulch and more.
Among the residents were those of a younger generation. Members of boy scout and cub scout troops got their hands dirty at the most recently held clean up at the Botanical Gardens.
North Tonawanda Common Council members Eric Zadzilka and Nancy Donovan, who headed the clean up crew, were thrilled with the large turn out of almost 50 people who came to help straighten up the third ward entrance.
“We even had someone come from Wheatfield to help us out, because she used to be a North Tonawanda resident,” said Donovan.
Zadzilka was impressed by how many young people came to the event.
“We probably had a total of 50 people show up to help,” he said. “But, the kids worked so hard. I can’t believe how much they did - and they did not complain at all.”
The dedication shown by residents, both young and old, makes a statement about those individuals who live in the Tonawandas. The care shown for city improvement is a testament to the true character of the residents.
Taking a proactive approach to better the community one lives in is a refreshing sight to see.
City officials can do a lot by getting things started and paving the road to accomplishing tasks, but the residents are the ones who actually make the change happen. Volunteering is a rewarding feeling.
Hopefully, this type of “can do” attitude that the residents of the Tonawandas have - is contagious.