As has become a Spring tradition in McDuffie County, our community's beauty peaked at just the right time last week. McDuffie always seems to get in wonderful shape just in time for The Masters.
And the county can't do it alone. There are countless people who deserve a pat on the back for their support and hard work. Here are just a few:
Audrey Eller. Not enough can be said about Mrs. Eller's dedication to keeping McDuffie beautiful. She's always up to her elbows in one of the flower beds around town. She's a virtual one-woman landscaping crew, keeping the area in bloom throughout the year.
City and county crews. They are always willing to step in and assist Mrs. Eller and have spent the last several weeks edging sidewalks and cleaning out gutters. Their work has added the detail that really makes a community look nice and cared for.
Civic clubs. Groups like the Thomson Rotary Club and Thomson Kiwanis Club spent time alongside several local roadways, picking up trash and ensuring the gateways to our community sparkled.
City of Thomson officials. From Mayor Bob Knox to City Administrator Bob Flanders to the city council members, they have beefed up the city's rules for waste, run-down buildings, even orphaned shopping carts. They understand that the commitment to a clean community must include local governments.
Carolyn Gilbert. She's spearheaded the effort to make McDuffie a Keep Georgia Clean community because she knows the importance of public involvement in the clean-up effort. If clean-up efforts are solely pushed by government leaders, there's no buy-in form the public and too little pride to keep the effort moving.
As we've said before, the Spring efforts to make the area beautiful are wonderful, but they are far from enough. There's no reason McDuffie can't look spectacular all year around. All it takes is a commitment from the community and that's not too much to ask.