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From the Mayor's Desk

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

With the nasty weather we've been having it is hard to believe it's Spring. This is the season when Summerville is at its most spectacular. Dogwoods, azaleas, Japanese tulips and wisteria create a blooming showplace. Those of us who live here sometimes forget what a garden spot we inhabit.

Tens of thousands of visitors will soon head our way for the annual Flowertown Festival which runs April 4–6. Like good Southern hosts we need to get our houses and yards looking their best for the company that's coming.

If we work together, maybe we can get the tons of litter off of our streets and rights-of-way. Never have I seen as much litter as is out there now. Thoughtless individuals who are trashing our city and state are not only giving us a bad image but they are costing us jobs and money.

The owner of a manufacturing plant told me recently that he would not open a plant here after seeing the trash on our roadsides. “Your roadsides tell me that South Carolinians have no pride,” he said. “That's not the kind of employees I'm looking for.”

So while people are tossing cigarette butts, food wrappers, beer cans, and lottery tickets out their car windows, they are doing more than littering our roadsides – they are hurting us economically and costing us money because we have to pay to have their trash picked up. Why can't people put their trash in their car until they get home, and then put it in the garbage can? Is it asking too much of us to take care of the place where we live?

Much of this litter washes down streams and ditches and makes its way into our rivers – the Ashley, the Edisto and the Cooper.

Surely there are enough civic organizations and caring individuals who can help us solve this problem. Please, let's find a solution before slovenly behavior destroys this paradise in which we live.

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On March 29 and 30 our cricket club – the Summerville Sandlappers – will host Tropical Sports Club from Atlanta for weekend matches. The Saturday game will get under way around noon and will be a forty over cricket match – that's the longer form of the game and likely won't end until 6 o'clock.

The Sunday game on the 30th will be a 20/20 game and will start at 11 a.m. and end around 2:30 p.m. This is your opportunity to get to know cricket and why it's so popular around the world.

The town has some bleachers at the field. But I encourage you to bring your chair, come out and support your Summerville cricket team. Soups and sandwiches will be available for purchase. The cricket field is located at the back of the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex on Gahagan Road. You reach it also by driving to the end of Butler Street off of East Richardson Avenue.

My thanks again to my English friend Geoff Hawes for helping to bring cricket to Summerville.

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