Community pitching in to keep Ferry clean

MARTINS FERRY – Residents of Martins Ferry, are you ready to get your hands dirty?

City officials are hoping so as Saturday is the city’s second annual Community Pitch-In.

Put on by the city and funded through grants from the J.B. Green Team, volunteers are being sought to join in the clean up efforts.

Volunteers will join city officials, along with representatives from the Martins Ferry Lions Club, American Heritage Girls and the Step-Up Program from Martins Ferry High School.

Local businesses Aaron’s and The Times Leader are also getting involved.

“We are encouraging anyone with an interest and a few hours of time to meet us near the pavilion in the city park at 9 a.m,” said city development director Kathy Gagin.

“We have three major projects on that day, so everyone can lend a hand.”

The first is the easiest trash duty.

Starting in city park with bags in hand, pitch-in participants will start collecting the errant trash scattered throughout the city.

Keeping the environment in mind, all plastic, glass and aluminum beverage cans collected will be recycled.

Further away, old tires that had been pre-collected will be converted into rubber mulch with the assistance of Liberty Tires out of Malvern.

Finally, new benches, trash cans and bike racks, all made from recycled materials, will be assembled and installed at the city park, Walnut Grove Cemetery, River View Cemetery and other locations throughout Martins Ferry.

One grant from the JB Green Team has gone toward funding to purchase supplies for the cleanup. A recycling incentive grant is allowing for the racks and additional trash receptacles to be installed at the park and cemeteries.

The idea is that once the city is clean, keep it that way.

“We want people to take pride in their city and see that they have a stake in the park and the city,” Gagin said.

Volunteers will not leave on empty stomachs either.

Following all the labor, participants will meet back at the pavilion in the city park for a lunch and some relaxation.

Anyone interested in helping out should contact Gagin at (740) 609-3709 or via email at

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