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Keep McDuffie Beautiful all year round

With Masters week just a short time away, much is being made about cleaning up our community.

City workers have spent countless hours in the neighborhoods and on the sidewalks of Thomson. Prison crews have been working on the areas around the interstate. Local leaders' efforts to get rid of decrepit buildings are starting to produce results. And Audrey Eller's tulips are blooming right on time.

It's no secret that communities around Augusta focus many of their clean-up efforts around Masters Week when the eyes -- and tourism dollars -- of the world focus on this part of Georgia.

But this year, the talk of Thomson and McDuffie has been a little different. People are asking what needs to be done to keep the clean-up efforts going year-round.

Those questions couldn't come at a better time -- especially considering the discussions of revitalizing downtown Thomson and recruiting new businesses and companies to the area.

Some folks are already doing something.

Of course, Ms. Eller deserves a huge pat on the back for all her volunteer work.

And kudos to Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert for leading the push to make McDuffie a Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful community.

But it's time for others to step up. As Thomson Mayor Bob Knox rightfully pointed out about Mrs. Gilbert's push: Such a program can't be grounded in government, it has to have a grassroots effort behind it.

We're calling on a community group, individual, garden club -- someone or some group -- to take the reigns now and lead the charge.

Everyone benefits from a clean community and everyone should pitch in and keep it that way.

Web posted on Thursday, March 25, 2004

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