As the days grow longer and the temperatures continue to rise — hopefully — area residents can begin to put the record-setting snowfall and cold behind them and enjoy spring.
The sunny days already have melted away the 50-plus inches of snow that fell on Vermilion County during the winter to reveal ... well, a mess, really.
The hard winter and heavy snow allowed all kinds of trash and debris to collect along roadways and in yards. It’s not uncommon to see what amounts to almost piles of trash where the melting snow and rain pushed bottles, cans and boxes into a certain area.
The good news is that most of the damage is cosmetic and can be easily reversed with just a few hours of picking up trash.
No one likes the job, but no one likes the way all the litter looks in neighborhood yards and streets. An empty plastic sack and a walk of an hour or so can do wonders to improve the look of a street. Area neighborhood associations are beginning their meetings. Their members should consider a work day on a warm Saturday morning to help reverse winter’s grime.
Help Keep Vermilion County Beautiful and other organizations will launch more formal cleanup efforts next month. But there’s really no reason to wait. Get out and clean up the place.