A lifetime spent maintaining and caring for his hometown was recognized Saturday as members of the community pitched in to help 89 year-old Wally Moore clean-up downtown Zanesville.
Moore was once a commonly seen man among the streets of downtown. His deep appreciation for his city inspired him to walk the streets, pulling weeds, picking up garbage and bringing attention to the areas in need.
"I figure if I can do it people a lot younger than me, see people are too anxious to come up with ideas of why they can’t do something," said Moore, " So I say, take the word ‘can’t’ out of your vocabulary or if it pops into your head then you figure out a way to get around that problem."
Several community organizations met Sunday morning outside the Welcome Center to divvy-up the areas needing attention. Volunteer Diane Marks along with several other church members from Grace United Methodist spent the morning pulling weeds and picking up trash along Main Street.
"I think if you walk downtown or go to church downtown you see things that need done," said Marks. "Sometimes in your mind you think, well I wish someone would clean-up that trash, or clean up that ally, or weed-whack that parking lot, and so this is an opportunity to act on that."
In hopes of encouraging others to do the same, the city will officially recognize the second Saturday of each October Wally Moore Clean-Up Day.