By Dave Russell


Downtown Sylva shined a little brighter Wednesday morning thanks to a group of volunteers who came out Tuesday afternoon to get dirty for a good cause.

The Big Fall Cleanup was spearheaded by the Main Street Sylva Association, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Sylva Department of Public Works and the Sylva Satellite Rotary Club, Chamber Director Julie Donaldson said.

Director of Public Works Jake Scott identified the projects on Railroad Avenue, Mill Street, West Main Street and Jackson Street and coordinated delivery of the necessary supplies, she said.

About 23 volunteers met at Bridge Park with shovels, pruners, rakes and other implements in hand, and dispersed from there.

“We wanted to make our town a little bit nicer for the fall season,” Donaldson said. “We’ve been making visits to our merchants and building owners on Main and Mill streets, and one of the things that we felt would be a good morale lift was a beautification project.

“There are a few things left to do, but I am really proud of the work we accomplished,” she said. “I am very thankful for our Rotarians especially.”

“The Town of Sylva Public Works Department extends our most sincere thanks and appreciation for the downtown cleanup effort,” Director Jake Scott said Wednesday. “Thanks to all who volunteered time, and the organizers who made it happen.”