Boy Scout Troop 729 members are ready to pick up litter along McCarthy Road and 123rd Street in Palos Park. Pictured are Alec Jonanovic (from left), parent Melinda Moore, Tyler Pesce, Jared Thompson, Joshua Blim, Dominick Perino, Cub Scout Weston Schwartz, Welby Moore and Ian Reed. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 20, 2013 6:09AM
Boy Scout Troop 729, of Palos Heights, participated in RID Litter Day, leaving behind a much cleaner McCarthy Road.
The Palos Park Beautification Committee, led by Denise Cowan, sponsored the cleanup operation, a communitywide effort to pick up litter and recyclable items from roadways in Palos Park.
The committee provided garbage bags and plastic gloves, and public works employees picked up the orange garbage bags after they were filled.
Participating Boy Scouts included Jared Thompson, Welby Moore, Ian Reed, Tyler Pesce, Alec Jonanovic, Joshua Blim and Dominick Perino, and Weston Schwartz, a Cub Scout from Pack 3729.
The Scouts picked up garbage along McCarthy Road from 86th Avenue to 96th Avenue, in conjunction with the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program run by the Illinois Department of Transportation. After the cleanup, Scouts went to the Plush Horse for ice cream.
An official adopt-a-highway sign from IDOT marks the stretch of road the troop has adopted.
Troop 729 and Cub Scout Pack 3729 are sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7800 W. McCarthy Road, Palos Heights.