Dave Cooper is hoping for some cool weather in late July.

Dave Cooper is hoping for some cool weather in late July.

And we all know where people are who want ice water.

Cooper said last week that at the very least, something of a cool-down from brutally hot temperatures would be welcome the last Saturday of the month.

"Certainly in July, there's no indication that might happen, but it would be nice to have a cloudy day and temperatures in the 70s -- but that's probably wishful thinking," Cooper said.

The chairman of the Northland Area Business Association's Route 161 Task Force is wishing, too, that some hardy souls will turn out Saturday, July 27, regardless of the temperature for the next litter and debris collection along one of the neighborhood's main corridors.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Sharon Woods Center, 1800 E. Dublin-Granville Road, behind the Jiffy Lube.

They will be issued bags, gloves, safety vests and pick-up tools to police the area between Interstate 71 and Ponderosa Drive.

The Northland Community Cleanup Day events have been going on for 15 years. They are held on a routine basis during the spring, summer and early fall to keep trash from being shredded when city crews mow the median and shoulders along East Dublin-Granville Road.

The trash-collection days are presented by the Northland Community Council's Landscaping and Beautification Committee, with support from Keep Columbus Beautiful and the NABA Route 161 Task Force.

About a dozen people turned out for the most recent cleanup in early June, according to Cooper.

"I think it has improved," he added. "I believe there's less volume than we've been dealing with."

Those who would like more information or wish to RVSP may call Cooper at 614-888-2201 or email cleanupday@myncc.org.