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The Parkhurst family has picked up litter long their Adopt-a-Highway stretch for a decade. Even four-legged Tara Parkhurst helps.

Liz Kirchner

Celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, Adopt-a-Highway program in Virginia has been collecting stories about volunteers who are collecting litter along Montgomery County roads, keeping Virginia beautiful.

For nearly a decade, Montgomery County’s Sue Parkhurst and her family have been volunteering their time to pick up trash along two miles of their neighborhood twice a month.

“Before we started picking up litter, the roads in out neighborhood were strewn with trash like most roads in the area,” Parkhurst said.

The Adopt-a-Highway program provides an opportunity for businesses, civic groups and families to clean up litter along Virginia’s roads and highways. People agree to adopt a two-mile stretch of highway in their communities picking up litter and recyclables at least twice a year for three years.

To support them, VDOT provides trash bags, vests, important safety information and highway signs that recognize the individual or group.

The idea of Keep Virginia Beautiful was launched 65 years ago “when one individual could not stand the litter on his road,” Mike Baum, executive director of Keep Virginia Beautiful said. “Virginia’s is the oldest affiliate of the nation’s Keep America Beautiful program.”

The program’s volunteer-supported mission at Keep…

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