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Adopt a Highway

Posted: July 5, 2013 9:39 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

My family and I just went through one of the toughest moments any family will have to endure. We lost our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, aunt, sister and dear friend, Sandra Anderson, on May 6, 2013, to cancer. We as a family were devastated and wanted to do something to commemorate the passion and love she had for people and life. We decided to Adopt a Highway in her honor. We chose Elliott Hunter Road in Cassatt as our road of choice, since this was on the way to our Mom’s house.

I spoke with Dee Dee Michaelsen, who is the Kershaw County Adopt a Highway coordinator, and she seemed as excited about us doing this as we were. Dee Dee had me fill out the paperwork and gave me a sheet for us to list our volunteers. Once we got this turned in, we watched short safety video and Dee Dee gave us the supplies needed to complete the task. Our clean up day was Sat., June 22, 2013. We had 22 family members and friends who assisted us in the clean up. In only two and a half hours, we collected 48 bags of trash and Elliott Hunter Road was clean and something we as a family and community are proud of. We didn’t know doing something as small as this could make us feel this good.

After doing a little research, I found out Kershaw County spreads across 726 miles with a population of 62,000, but only approximately 25 roads are “adopted” in our great county. The program is free and all the supplies are provided by the state. So, as a member of our community, I am challenging all groups, organizations, family members and churches to look into doing this for “your cause.” The outcome will not only improve the look of “our” county, but will have a special meaning and purpose to you. If you are interested, please contact Dee Dee Michaelsen at 432-4358.

P.S.: If you travel down Elliott Hunter Road, please be wary of any litter our Mom is watching out for this.

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