CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August
9, 2019) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP)
Adopt-A-Highway program and Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), in
conjunction with the state Department of Highways, named St. Clara resident Guy
Simmons as its 2019 Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer of the Year Saturday at its
Volunteer Appreciation Day event at Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County.
Simmons, 94, has been a
member of the St. Clara Adopt-A-Highway program since its inception in 1989,
and has participated in every AAH cleanup. He also cleans a one-mile stretch of
road adjacent to St. Clara.
“Guy has been a catalyst
in the St. Clara community for all these years, and his tireless participation,
work ethic, and willingness to lend a helping hand is a shining example of
dedication and commitment for the people of St. Clara and West Virginia,” said
WVDEP AAH coordinator Kim Smith.
Simmons helped organize
the bi-annual cleanups for most of his 30 years of service, while also
maintaining a farm and 15 head of cattle, and participating in several
cattle-related organizations. He also grinds his own cornmeal and shares it
with the community every fall.
For more information
about the WVDEP’s Adopt-A-Highway Program, visit https://dep.wv.gov/environmental-advocate/reap/aah/Pages/default.aspx.
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