The Beautiful Side: Annual Trash-Off


I know it is still February, but spring is certainly in the air in west Texas. The days are getting longer. We are less than three weeks away from Daylight Savings Time, which means more time to enjoy being outside.

My daddy always said the sure signs of spring are seeing the mesquite begin to bud, the return of buzzards to the area, and, the ultimate sign of spring, a scissortail. We haven’t seen any of those faithful indicators just yet, but there are other signs that are special to Fort Stockton.

We’ve got girl scouts selling cookies. We’ve got 4-H and FFA kids wrapping up their stock show seasons and looking forward to a much-needed spring break. Just this week, I overheard Coach Vic Ivy talking about the Comanche Relays and the start of track season. Spring is definitely on its way to Fort Stockton, Texas.

Before we know it, this year’s Big Bend Open Road Race contestants will be in town, revving their engines and ready to win. The road race committees are tirelessly working to get another successful race underway, which means the members of Keep Historic Fort Stockton Beautiful are also working to prepare for our 4th annual trash-off. Company is coming to town for the road race, so we need to get Fort Stockton spiffed up, cleaned up and ready to show off.

This year’s Keep Texas Beautiful sponsored trash-off will be held on April 21. We will meet at Rooney Park at 8 a.m. At that time, we will get you registered and supply you with trash bags, gloves, and water, and assign you an area of town that needs cleaning up. We will also have goodie bags for each volunteer, which will include our 2018 trash-off t-shirt. After cleaning all morning, we ask our volunteers to return to Rooney Park for hot dogs, and your chance to win door prizes as our thanks for all your hard work in getting our community ready for visitors.

We cannot get this done without help from everyone in Fort Stockton, and we appreciate your involvement. Our door prize/sponsor committee is already sending out letters asking for donations again. If you did not get a letter and want to help out, please call Marina Cantu at City Hall, 432-336-8525, and she will gladly help you out.

We hope everyone – clubs, groups, individuals, co-workers – will sign up and come out and help us give Fort Stockton a good spring cleaning. If you need community hours for your club or organization, this is a great way to get them. It’s a hard sale to convince people that trash pickup is fun, but when the whole community gets involved it really is a fun day. And remember, we are showing the rest of Texas that Fort Stockton is the community to win the Governor’s Beautification Achievement Award.

Spring is really on its way to Fort Stockton, and I believe Paisano Pete can show Punxsutawney Phil exactly how it’s done.