Marshall County officially kicked off its annual Operation Pride program with a recent dinner at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville.
The main effort of Operation Pride is raising awareness of the need for property owners to clean up, paint and fix their properties. The Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority participate in this endeavor by providing free dumpsters for the disposal of items and helping residents get rid of old vehicle tires and electronics which are no longer usable.
There are actually two different times a year for the proper disposal of these items, once in the spring and the other in the fall. The Spring clean-up began on April 5, and to date four areas have had the opportunity to take advantage.
The Operation Pride clean-up will resume on May 3 with dumpsters at Sherrard Middle School, and the former Big Wheeling Creek fire house. On May 10, the free dumpsters will be at the Limestone VFD, the St. Joseph VFD and the Dallas VFD.
Dumpsters will be at the city garages in Benwood and McMechen on May 16-17, while on May 30-31 the dumpsters will be located at Valley Fork Park, Moundsville, and the Glen Dale city garage.
The final two sites will be on June 7 at Washington Lands and Graysville.
Marshall County residents were reminded that they can dispose of hazardous waste from 9 a.m. until noon on April 26 at the Bayer Material Science east parking lot along W.Va. 2, along with residents of Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe counties, and residents were encouraged to participate in the annual River Sweep on June 21 at Riverfront Park in Moundsville.
The Operation Pride dinner acknowledged public and private agencies, individuals, clubs, associations, youth groups, business organizations, members of Volunteer Fire Departments and all citizens and property owners for their dedicated work, time and effort for having making Operation Pride success during the past 40 years.
Operation Pride was the brainchild of the late Joe Curia, a former Marshall County Health Department sanitarian. The theme of the program this year is "Friends Are the Sunshine of Life."
Raymond Yoho was announced as Volunteer of the Year, and he will receive a plaque during an upcoming Marshall County Commission meeting. Yoho has is a long-time member of the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department, and assists with the Operation Pride clean-up.