The birds were singing, the flowers were blooming, and roadsides were buzzing with people scouring for trash.
Workers from local companies came out in droves on Friday to help make things a little cleaner for Dickinson’s annual Spring Clean Up. The event is headed by the Dickinson Fire Department.
From May 1-16, companies and local leaders are coming together to help pick up garbage around town. Others are encouraged to help, as well as to clean out their own homes.
The list of those helping out include Roers, Rockpile Energy Services, Whiting Petroleum Corporation and Missouri Basin Well Services.
“It feels good,” said Evgevny Andronov, an employee of Whiting. “Weather’s nice.”
Andronov and his coworkers were bagging trash around development sites in the north of town Friday morning.
“It’s a little exercise, and it’s good for the community,” he said.
Andronov said it would be nice if there were a day in the year when everyone would clean out the junk in their houses so that less of it would accumulate outdoors.
“But I don’t think it’s gonna happen, so we need to do it ourselves,” he said.
Andronov’s crew had been out since 7:30 a.m. They planned on stopping at noon, when there would be a luncheon provided by Whiting for all of the Clean Up volunteers.
Wyoming Casing Service employee Duane Hermes was also helping the cause.
“I heard about it a week ago,” Hermes said.
He and his crew were told Friday morning that they would be paid to participate. Hermes said he had an errand to run, but managed to still pick up a bag and poker stick later on. He cleaned litter alone while his group worked ahead of him.
“That way I feel like I did my part,” he said.
Hermes said that it felt good to be out and about.
“It’s a little bit breezy for getting stuff into the bag,” he said. “Other than that, it’s a nice day.”
More cleaning events are planned for the next two weeks.