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The Telegram
  • HCCC honor students take part in highway cleanup

  • Members of Herkimer County Community College's Phi Theta Kappa honor society took part in a highway cleanup Friday afternoon in conjunction with the village-wide cleanup initiative known as “A Cleaner & Greener Herkimer.”

    The highway cleanup is an event the honor society takes part in at least twice a year.

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  • Members of Herkimer County Community College's Phi Theta Kappa honor society took part in a highway cleanup Friday afternoon in conjunction with the village-wide cleanup initiative known as “A Cleaner & Greener Herkimer.”
    The highway cleanup is an event the honor society takes part in at least twice a year.
     “The last time we were here was in October and we cleaned from the West Canada Creek Bridge and headed east, cleaning about a quarter mile stretch,” said Gene Zimmerman, HCCC student and Phi Theta Kappa vice president of service.
    “This year we're aiming to clean a mile long stretch of state Route 5 starting near Lowe's and working east towards Little Falls,” he added.
    HCCC Director of Student Activities Vicki Brown said last year the honor society picked up 13 bags of trash. “Since we picked up several bags of trash last year it would be ideal to fill fewer bags, but either way we are here to clean and we will pick up whatever we find to create a greener environment,” she said.
    “This is my first year working on the highway cleanup and I think it's going to be really fun,” said Peter Ozog, a first year HCCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member. “I'm looking forward to picking up trash and finding something cool.”
    The event not only allows students to become an agent for positive and active change in the community, but it gives them a chance to work together, said Brown.
    First year HCCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member Sandra Martin said it was her first time working on the highway cleanup and she was excited to work with other volunteers.
    “I'm excited to help clean and I'm also looking forward to meeting new people,” she said.
    A Cleaner & Greener Herkimer was sponsored by Herkimer Now, the village of Herkimer and Herkimer County Community College.

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