NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 5, 2023) – Employees from 23 local businesses and organizations got a break from their usual duties this morning to do some spring cleaning around the community.
Schoenbrunn was among the 11 sites that got some extra manpower during the United Way of Tuscarawas County’s latest Day of Caring. Kraton Chemical Safety Manager Kevin Cochenour was there mulching the flowerbeds with a couple of his co-workers.
“I think it’s great that we work for a company that allows us to come out and do stuff like this for the community. This area here is really cool. I just live about two miles up the road. They do a lot of stuff, and it’s nice to kind of give back a little bit.”
Others including Barnett Realtor Stacy Patton raked leaves and gathered up the debris strewn about from recent windstorms.
“Today, I’m picking up sticks. We’re cleaning up for the mowers to come on Monday, getting the big debris out of the way so they can get ready for their opening.”
Volunteer caretaker Sue Sattler wasn’t sure how long the cleanup would have taken without the additional helpers.
“The weather hasn’t cooperated so that’s been hurting us and all the wind that happened in the spring. We have a ton of branches and things that need cleaned up, so they’re invaluable to me. I just cherish every single one that’s out here working so hard.”
This morning’s Day of Caring had over 135 participants, who also beautified Historic Zoar, Trumpet in the Land, the Canal Lands trailhead, and the gardens at the Reeves Museum.