[caption id="attachment_81183" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/05\/IMG_8567.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="506" class="size-full wp-image-81183" \/> Members of the Deer Creek Defenders 4-H club and several parents held a trash pick-up along six miles of road in Dunmore as part of the Make It Shine initiative. Front row, from left: Hallie Herold, Jayden Cover, Katlyn Simmons, Grace Beverage, Melinda Beverage and Jennifer Beverage. Back row, from left:\u2008Gray Beverage, Sean Beverage, Sarah Cover, Matt Cover, Morgan Beverage, Colton Cover and Amy Henry-Morgan. Photo courtesy of Hallie Herold[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nWhen the days begin to get warmer and the flowers and trees begin to bloom, it\u2019s a sure sign that spring has arrived. Spring cleaning has become more than a household spruce up, though \u2013 especially in West Virginia.\r\n\r\nThe Make It Shine program has become a statewide effort to take spring cleaning outside to make the state more beautiful and litter free.\r\n\r\nInspired by that program and following Adopt-A-Highway guidelines, the Deer Creek Defenders 4-H Club set out to clean up the roadsides in Dunmore.\r\n\r\nNew co-leaders Hallie Herold and Amy Henry Morgan organized the group and set out on a nice Saturday in April to pick up trash along a six mile stretch of road.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis was our first in-person event,\u201d Herold said. \u201cWe had not met as a club, yet. It was cool, to get to meet. The Adopt-A-Highway rules only allow people 12 and older to participate, so we only met some of our teen members, but it was good.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe seven teen members, joined by six parents and their leaders, cleaned the six miles of road between Pocahontas County High School and the Dunmore intersection.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe had a good turnout,\u201d Herold said. \u201cWe collected forty-five bags.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe group filled their bags with trash and debris left behind by motorists, but the most interesting find of the day was a live snake, which, of course, they left behind.\r\n\r\nHerold said she signed up for the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau Make It Shine initiative, in which the CVB will pay $100 per one mile cleaned by a local organization or business.\r\n\r\nThe group effort yielded a cleaner roadside, as well as a chance for the club members to spend time together.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cI think they had a good time,\u201d Herold said. \u201cWe had a good group of kids, and they were very enthusiastic.\u201d\r\n\r\nDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has not been able to have meetings, but with recent changes to state gathering guidelines, the club will soon return to meeting in person.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think last month, WVU Extension said that we can meet in person,\u201d Herold said. \u201cI think it\u2019s up to twenty-five people, still following all COVID guidelines, so we wear masks and practice safe distancing. We plan to meet in person in May.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoth Herold and Morgan are excited to meet all the members and begin work on more projects. \r\n\r\nThe leaders were both active in 4-H as members of the Minnehaha Braves, led by Rene White, and they were both in the Delaware Tribe at 4-H Camp. They served as chiefs of the tribe and are 4-H All Stars.