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Washington County says 'thank you' to those who adopt a highway

The Washington County Board of Commissioners took the opportunity June 18 to thank volunteer groups who keep county roads clean through collecting litter as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program.

The board particularly recognized 10 groups who have been part of the program of 20 years.

Washington County began its Adopt A Highway Program in 1991. At that time, an initial 36 groups began collecting litter from 78 miles of county roads. In 21 years, the program in Washington County has grown to 119 groups collecting litter and trash along 252 miles of county roads.

In 2012 alone, nearly 800 bags of trash and litter were collected. This work by volunteers saves the county taxpayers more than $82,000 in maintenance costs annually.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recognized 10 volunteer groups June 18 who adopted their segment of highway in 1993, and are now celebrating 20 years with the program. Each group received a commissioners’ award and a plaque commemorating two decades of dedication and commitment to keeping roadsides clean. Fourteen groups also celebrated 10 years of service to the program this year and were also recognized.

Those recognized for 20 years’ of service were:

Elim Lutheran Church, District 1; Peetron Bush School, District 1; Tri-Lakes Improvement Association, District 2; Youth Service Bureau, Inc., District 3; First United Methodist Church, District 3; St. John’s Masonic Lodge, District 3; Lake Elmo Lions Club, District 3; Kern Family, District 4; Whistling Well Farm, District 4; Coldwell Banker Burnet, which cares for County Highway 16 (Valley Creek Road) between Woodland Drive and County Highway 13 in Woodbury, District 5.

Those who have adopted highways for 10 years are Ascension Church; Building Services and Property Records and Taxpayer Services from Washington County; Afton Tree Works; Krueger’s Sprucegate Farm; Mariners 4-H Club; Trudeau Families; Warner Nature Center; Mike, Russ and Budd Bludorn; Bailey Road Neighbors; P B and J Mudd Club; Sego Family; Keller Williams; Woodbury Days Royal Family; and Kris and John Miller.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.