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Sertoma Club helps keep highway clean

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Roswell Sertoma Club members recently completed their semiannual “Highway Cleanup” to pick up trash. Pictured are, from left, David Gomez, Alex Pankey, Mary Davis, Tom Jennings, Lorrina Segovia, Cristina Arnold, Bill Wolf, Jesse Lewis, Eric Neria and Howard Allman. Not pictured are Adriane Lewis, Art Torrez, Tommy Garcia and Richard Van Winkle. (Submitted Photo)

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On a recent Saturday morning, 14 members of the Roswell Sertoma Club gathered at the designated rendezvous to begin their semiannual routine of picking up trash (known in the club as “Highway Cleanup”) along the club’s assigned mile of road.

(Submitted Photo)

The club schedules its fall cleanup to occur after the closing of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. And, though there was no fair this year, the cleanup was still scheduled for the latter part of October.

Armed with large plastic trash bags, provided by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and wearing their Hi-Vis safety vests, the members began the trash collection.

Often interesting items are found among the trash. Once, several years ago, one of the members found a $100 bill alongside the road and an empty canvas bank money bag. How or why that money was there, no one ever found out. But — unluckily, this year, no such interesting “finds.”

After about two hours, the members regrouped knowing that they had done something for the community and enjoyed their reward of doughnuts and a soft drink.

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For over 30 years, the Roswell Sertoma Club has participated in Roswell’s highway cleanup program. It is the club’s way of helping to “Keep Roswell Beautiful.”