Madison residents braved the brisk morning breezes on Saturday, put on work gloves and set out on the annual mission of cleaning up litter from a number of areas around town.
According to Madison Recreation Director Scot Erskine, the event began some 20 years ago and was inspired by local businessman Bob MacDonald who first enlisted local residents in a spring clean-up that is now an annual community event.
Target areas for the clean up included areas around the library, post office, Town Campus, Liberty Street, Horse Pond, and Town Campus. A simultaneous effort took place North Madison.
We saw volunteers from The Rotary Club of Madison and the Madison Women’s Club tackle the sidewalks, alleys and parking lots in the downtown area, filling their bags with scraps of paper, discarded cups and even a tennis ball or two.
Erskine told us that 150 to 200 residents take part in the effort each year and he expected a similar turnout this year.