The arrival of spring brings refreshing glimpses of flowers and the far less refreshing views of all the trash and debris strewn along highways that had been hidden underneath the blanket of snow.

The arrival of spring brings refreshing glimpses of flowers and the far less refreshing views of all the trash and debris strewn along highways that had been hidden underneath the blanket of snow.

The first Northland "Community Cleanup Day" of the year along state Route 161 is scheduled for Saturday, April 10.

It will last from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers willing to pitch in to help spruce up the main corridor in the Northland area are asked to meet at the Sharon Woods Center, located behind the Jiffy Lube at SR-161 and Sharon Woods Boulevard.

Volunteers, who are asked to wear brightly colored clothing and sturdy, waterproof footwear, will be provided with bags, gloves, safety vests and pickup tools.

"Since it is the first one of the year and we haven't really touched anything since November, the Saturday after the election, the winter has had its chance to accumulate things," said Dave Cooper, chairman of the Northland Area Business Association SR-161 Task Force."We need to get a good start on picking up the trash and getting things looking nice for the spring."

The removal of the trash and debris from the highway's shoulders and culverts not only improves the appearance, according to the flier being distributed to recruit additional volunteers, but it also is important to have it done before the task force-funded mowing of the medians takes place.

"It's usually touch and go whether we get a cleanup in before we need to mow," Cooper said. "We like to clean before we mow because it doesn't shred it."

Although the initial cleanup of the year each spring generally produces the most trash collected of the others conducted through the fall, Cooper pointed out that many hands would make light work of all the work that will have to be done on April 10. "We really want the corridor looking nice for the spring and the summer and the fall," he said. "This is where we live and work."

The cleanup days are presented by the Northland Community Council's landscaping and beautification committee, with support from Keep Columbus Beautiful, the Northland Area Business Association and the NABA SR-161 Task Force.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Cooper at 888-2201 or send an e-mail to cleanupday@myncc.org.