Jerry Schultz can see a marked improvement in the overall cleanliness of Graham over the last two years of Keep Graham Beautiful events.

“I've seen a difference, particularly on the streets, and the curbs are much nicer than they were a couple years ago,” he said. “It really does look better, and I think people tend to take a little more pride in their town. Every once in a while you got to just be reminded, ‘Hey this needs to be sharpened up a little bit,' so you sharpen it up.”

Schultz recently replaced Roy Robinson, one of nine board members to revitalize the beautification program in January 2012, as KGB president. Robinson served as president for two years until he and his wife, Carollee, moved to Colorado earlier this week.

“I want to say that the team effort by the board and the cooperation of the city made it possible for KGB to regain an identity in the community,” Robinson said.  

Schultz said that while Robinson will be greatly missed, the effort must continue.

“I couldn't replace Roy, but I did get his old job.” he said. “He did a wonderful thing for Graham in many ways, and as a good personal friend, I just hate to seem him go.”

Despite the loss of Robinson, Schultz remains steadfast in his new leadership role as Keep Graham Beautiful gears up for its upcoming fifth official community clean-up event: The Graham Pride Spring Clean Up.

KGB has set Saturday, April 5, through Sunday, April 13, for the Spring Clean Up, and the kickoff takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5, on the Downtown Square. 

Included in the kickoff, Shred It Recycling will shred and recycle up to two bags or boxes of documents per household, and electronic equipment disposal will be provided by the Hawkins family to benefit the Helen Hawkins Scholarship, a six-year-old program that each year awards GHS seniors $500 toward the payment of college tuition. 

At the KGB hospitality tent, volunteers will hand out complimentary litter bags, trash bags and recycling information.

Rollout containers for bulk disposal will be located at the City of Graham's Convenience Station, 1421 Ave. F, off of Ohio Street. The station will be open every day during the spring clean-up, including weekends, for general trash, brush and recycling disposal. 

During the clean up:

-Bulk disposal containers will only be available for free dumping to Graham residents who show a city water bill and driver's license.  

-Bulk disposal will be for residential disposal only. 

-Commercial or contractor disposal will not be allowed. 

-Dumping of paint or toxic liquids is also not allowed. 

-Residential tire disposal costs $2 per passenger tire and $5 to $25 per truck tire, depending on size. 

-Non-resident fees will be $30 per cubic yard of material to be disposed, $10 per passenger tire and $20 to $100 per truck tire.

Read more about the clean-up in Wednesday's Graham Leader.