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It’s spring, time to clean up our act

Even though there are still piles of dirty snow all over, it’s time to be thinking of spring.

The smell of spring is in the air and wherever the snow has melted, hints of new growth are pushing out of dormancy into life. It’s all happening fast, and very soon the crocuses and daffodils alongside the front walkway of the recreation center will lend fragrance and color the landscape.

I’m stoked.

Other not-so-beautiful things are also blooming this time of year.


It’s everywhere you look and in increasing quantities — construction debris, fast food containers, dog poop, beer and pop cans, and cigarette butts, mostly left by slobs.

Unfortunately, the litterbugs are not out there picking up after themselves. It’s the folks who care about the environment — they are the volunteers who are cleaning up our roadways, either with a group or as individuals.

Along the highway, you see signs acknowledging the various organizations and groups that have adopted sections of the roadway as theirs to keep clean. Perhaps you have also noticed the Adopt-A-Street signs posted in some of our neighborhoods. This program allows people to adopt a section of road within Pagosa Lakes and help keep it litter free.

There is already a core group of property owners who are a part of the program. They have taken the responsibility to help keep our community clean. If you would like to help them, or adopt a section of a street of your own, contact Larry Lynch at the PLPOA office at 731-5635, Ext. 4. The association will supply you with bags, pick-up tools and, if you wish, put your name on a sign for your adopted stretch of street. We will also pick up and dispose of the full bags along the road if you let us know where they are located.

The association thanks the following volunteers for participating in the Adopt-A-Street program:

Mary Webb, Bart and Erica Cox, Jack and Lynn DeLange, Mojie Adler, Jim and Dagmar Huffman, Caribou Crane, the Dermody family, Archuleta County Democrats, PAWSD, Jim Cole, John and Teri Hoehn, Phil and Susan McAdams, Joe Donavan, Jean Carson, the PLPOA, the Vega family, Joseph and Guadalupe Rivas, Joe and Debbie Hannigan, Bruce and Nettie Trenk, Bill and Jean Bechtold, the Brinkmanns, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

There are still many miles of street waiting to be adopted. Won’t you please consider helping out?

Some homeowners have already taken the initiative to clean up around their property. That helps to set the “tone” for the immediate neighborhood.

Thanks for caring and I hope you will continue to pick up and clean up whenever you are outside, puttering in the yard, taking your dog for a walk or catching some fresh air.

Here also is a reminder to dog owners who walk their dogs on the walking paths: please pick up after your dog.

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