Young Guns volunteer to clean


Instead of watching Saturday morning cartoons, the local Young Guns baseball team woke up early Saturday, Feb. 24 to pick up trash along Cemetery Road all the way to East Hill Cemetery (commonly known as the “old cemetery”).

Head Coach Shane Velasquez along with assisting parents Patty Morales, Carlos Ramirez, Gilbert “Chopito” Gonzalez, Emily Havens, and Amy Galvan spent the morning aiding the Young Guns team to fill over 10 trash bags with litter.

Speaking out on the Young Guns’ impressive efforts, City Manager Frank Rodriguez said, “The Young Guns coaching staff and parents were wanting to show their kids about giving back and providing community service. I received a call from Gilbert Gonzalez and he asked me what their kids could do to help clean up inside the city limits of our town. I shared with him that our members on the Keep Historic Fort Stockton Beautiful Board is very active, and that they’re big believers in picking up trash around town and along the highways.”

Zeroing in on a designated area, Rodriguez continued, “I told Gilbert that I had an area they could clean if they’d like. The area was selected along the old cemetery road, starting at Sanderson Highway and heading all the way up to the cemetery. We selected this area, because of the wind that blows. Trash always gets trapped along that fence line. The Young Guns baseball team with their parents and coaches did an outstanding job of cleaning up that area.They started at 8 a.m. that Saturday morning and ended a little after 12 p.m. They did a great job and we very much appreciate them providing community service. Thank you Young Guns.”

Mayor Chris Alexander also thanks the Young Guns for their volunteerism, relating that he is very proud and appreciative of their work towards making Fort Stockton a better place to live.