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Septuagenarian keeping riverbank clean in Elkins, W.Va.

By Eliana McCutcheon for The Inter-Mountain of Elkins, W.Va.

ELKINS, W.Va. — Along the riverbank on Tygart Avenue lives a woman who is passionate about the upkeep of her community, and is willing to get her hands dirty to clean up the area.

Reba Mills, 78, has been renovating landscapes as long as she has lived in Elkins, she said.

“I just cannot stand weeds and doing something about it improves the surroundings so much!” Mills said.

Mills alone has recently redone the entire riverbank in her neighborhood.

“I’ve been working at it for about five years,” she said. “The riverbank doesn’t look the greatest right now but I have some new ideas for it to make it better.

“Before I worked on it, it was all briars, weeds, and poison ivy. I’ve cleaned every bit of it one end to the other all by myself. I asked the neighbors if I could and they didn’t care. I just wanted it to look presentable.” …

Read more: http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2019/07/septuagenarian-keeping-riverbank-clean/

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