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Road cleanup draws more than 100 volunteers

More than 100 people pulled up their sleeves and put on their work gloves Saturday morning to rid the roads of the Tuscarora Reservation of trash that accumulated over the past year.

"We filled three six-foot by 17-foot bins," said Jeremy Printup, president of the Tuscarora Temperance Society, a group that promotes not only sobriety but also industry, morality and education.

The volunteers who showed up were mostly residents of the Niagara County reservation, but a few others showed up as well.

Side by side, they spent all morning picking up countless beer cans, paper coffee cups and scratched off lottery tickets from the sides of the roads on the Tuscarora land.

"The difficult ones are the ketchup packets," Printup said. "You have to dig them out of the grass."

Both residents and nonresidents are responsible for the roadside littering, Printup said.

"It's a mixture of both," he said.

The Tuscarora Indian Nation's land in Niagara County overlaps parts of the towns of Lewiston and Sanborn.

The reservation roadside cleanup is a 27-year-old tradition for the Temperance Society, started by then-president Isabelle Patterson, Printup said.

"She wanted to make a difference," he said. "Her idea was: let's look at the shape the roads are in have a roadside cleanup."