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Volunteers Help Spruce Up Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y. – Residents were up early on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning to pitch in for the town’s first Spruce Up Day.

With pokers, garbage bags, gloves and wheelbarrows, volunteers got their hands dirty in various locations around town for a municipal cleaning day. Volunteers in downtown Harrison took to Ma Riis Park, Veteran’s Park, the Beaver Swamp Brook corridor and West Street to clean out gutters, pick up debris and remove other eyesores. Volunteers went into the streams as well to clean them out, which helps the town’s flood-mitigation efforts.

Participants in West Harrison took to Passidomo Park, where fresh mulch was placed around trees, the boulevard, Underhill Avenue and the village green in a similar effort. Town Supervisor Ron Belmont, who was helping out all day, said that he was “excited” at how many people showed up to spruce up the town.

“People are giving up their beautiful Saturday to come help out,” Belmont said. “It’s overwhelming. Just to set aside even an hour or two to make Harrison more beautiful is a lot.”

Volunteers included community residents young and old. Various community organizations such as Cub Scout Pack 6 and Daisy Troop 1887 were on hand to lend their services. Resident Anja Porto and her husband, Rob, helped organize a cleanup at Veteran's Park in November. On Saturday the couple along with dozens of other volunteers were back in the park to spruce it up once again.

“We got more people volunteering as the day went on,” Porto said. “We love this town and want to keep it clean. We want to keep nature alive in Harrison for people to enjoy.”

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