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A LITTLE SPRING CLEANING VOLUNTEERS LEND A HAND ON ANNUAL SPRUCE-UP DAY.

Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer

LANCASTER - Hundreds of Antelope Valley residents joined forces Saturday morning to help plant trees, paint and pick up trash as part of the fifth annual Lookin' Good Lancaster day.

The volunteers cleaned up city areas including the sheriff's station, parking lots to the north and south of Lancaster Boulevard and the library, as well as two neighborhoods on Avenue I between 12th and 14th streets west and Avenue K-10 near 35th Street West.

``We just wanted to do something for our community,'' said Doug Salvado of Lancaster who, with his wife Julie, volunteered their Saturday morning. ``We have such a nice, tightknit little town here, everyone should give their time to keep it up.''

Volunteers met at the Emergency Operations Center in Lancaster City Hall at 8 a.m. to get their assignments before being sent out to plant trees and improve landscaping, clean up trash and debris and paint over graffiti.

The volunteers, who ranged from kids to seniors, came out in groups from all over the Antelope Valley - including ROTC students from local high schools, Boy Scout troops, employees of large and small businesses and many more.

``Everyone should take pride in their community,'' said 17-year-old Manuel Garza. ``It makes you feel good to do this. We come out with some friends and spend the day planting and painting. We have a lot of fun.''

After the cleanup work was done, volunteers were treated to lunch.

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(1 -- color) Cody Holk, 7, strikes a precarious balance as he picks a plant bed clean in front of the Lancaster sheriff's station.

(2 -- color) Miss Lancaster Corey Stameiser, 18, front, and other Miss Lancaster contestants and their families paint over graffiti.

(3 -- color) Summer Colston, 10, and Shalaby Nash clean debris out of the gutter next to the Lancaster Library on Saturday as part of Lookin' Good Lancaster day.

(4 -- color) Volunteers from Boeing and Quartz Hill High School plant a tree in front of the Lancaster sheriff's station.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
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