To all Macon County residents:
Circumstances have prevented the organization of the annual county-wide litter pick-up - recycling event to celebrate Earth Day here in Macon County this year.
Because there has been no one able to fill this breach for a spring-time effort, let me personally urge all Macon Countians to please go outside, pick up and appropriately recycle the glaringly evident roadside trash, the plastic bags blown into the fields, brush and trees, and the various junk decorating our streams and mountain vistas.
Our county should present a clean face to our potential visitors. This cleaning and recycling will create a dual benefit to our local economy. Income is derived when recyclables are sold and landfill space is utilized for true waste. Maintaining our beauty will encourage visitors to stay, spend time and dollars here while appreciating what we enjoy every day.
It is my hope we can organize a county-wide litter pickup later in the year, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 to coincide with an international earth effort taking place at that time.
Thank you to all for your individual efforts to do our little bit in our own small area of this beautiful world.
Shirley Ches — Franklin, N.C.