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Time to pick up the trash, Adopt-A-Street

This month marks the 40th anniversary of what some consider the birth of the modern environmental movement.

On April 22,1970, 20 million people across the United States participated in an environmental protest modeled after anti-Vietnam war teach-ins. This year, more than a billion people around the world are expected to take part in Earth Day celebrations.

Cleaning up trash is a good Earth Day activity. When trash starts to grow faster than weeds in the spring, you can also say with some certainty that we have no shortage of weeds. There is, however, a shortage of volunteers willing and able to clean up the unsightly litter.

Thanks to groups of volunteers and individuals who are already involved in highway cleanup, we are able to keep some areas litter-free.

There are, though, other areas that have not been adopted that are looking pretty sad.

Will you consider helping, either by committing to a stretch of roadway or, if not, even minimally, go out with a trash bag and clean in your immediate neighborhood.

Have you see the Adopt-A-Street signs posted by roadways in Pagosa Lakes? This program allows people to adopt a section of road, and these volunteers take responsibility to keep their adopted stretch of roadway clean. If you would like to help, call Larry Lynch at the PLPOA office at 731-5635, Ext. 25. The association will put your name on a sign for your adopted stretch of road, supply you with trash bags and when the bags are filled, pick them up for proper disposal. Do consider helping out.

The Association thanks the following volunteers for participating in the Adopt-A-Street program: David and Fran Bohl, Bart and Erica Cox, Jack and Lynn DeLange, Mojie Adler, Jim and Dagmar Huffman, Jim and Eva Iwicki, the Dermody family, Archuleta County Democrats, David and Margie Lucero, Jim Cole, John and Terri Hoehn, Bill and Jean Bechtold, the Brinkmann family, Mary Webb, Joe Donovan, Jean Carson, PLPOA staff, Ed Funk, Joseph and Guadalupe Rivas, Joe and Debbie Hannigan, Bruce and Nettie Trenk and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Swim team schedules

Special Olympians have been working out in the recreation center pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6-7 p.m.) in preparation for a summer swim competition.

The Pagosa Lakes swim team follows a training schedule of Monday through Friday, from 4-5:30 p.m., through May 28. After Memorial Day, the swimmers will move to a morning workout — Monday through Thursday, from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

As the community grows, so do the demands placed on our facility. I realize it is difficult for some who remember the earlier days when the recreation center was quieter and every single member was addressed on a first-name basis. We still try to match our personalized service by recognizing many of our members by name, but it is a challenge.

Annual assessment

Just a reminder that the 2010 PLPOA annual assessment becomes past due May 1, 2010. A $25 late fee will be applied to accounts that have not been paid in full by this date. If you haven’t received a statement, call the accounting department at 731-5635.