As we have noted on this page before, the amount of litter that is strewn along local roads is unsightly and makes a horrible impression on people passing through the region. It bothered Fern Sibert sufficiently that she decided to do something before her children came for an Easter visit nine years ago. She recently told the Observer-Reporter, “I was embarrassed because Jefferson Avenue and Jessop Exit ramp looked like dump trucks just dumped their load there. I called my friend and said, these exit ramps need cleaned up. It was knee-deep against the fences. It was terrible.” She still leads local highway beautification efforts and has recently started the ABC Promise Partnership. The initiative encourages people to send bags full of clean plastic caps to Green Tree Promises, LLC, so that they can be recycled and used to make picnic tables and park benches. Sibert said the goal is for five tables and 150 benches to be made for Washington County from the plastic caps. Sibert summed up this admirable endeavor this way: “Cleaning up the streets, that’s where my passion is. Washington County belongs to all of us. It’s our home. My biggest goal is to get litter off the highway.”

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Bill Smyth

Funny how the writer thinks this is wrong, yet the media showed us for days how President Trump had trouble with a bottle of water.

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