Some step up to help

Even if there were no major incidents, having thousands of college-age people in downtown Fredonia causes havoc. On Friday, reporter Amanda Dedie was on the OBSERVER’s Twitter feed showing live all the trash and debris sitting around downtown Fredonia during “non-Fred Fest.” But during her video, she met a man who was picking up the trash on Canadaway.

“I know the landlord that has all these houses, so I pick up all the garbage,” said the person, who didn’t identify himself. “I’ve been doing this for seven years. Somebody’s got to do it.”

Sunday morning, Fredonia Police posted on its Facebook page a group of college students sitting in front of the gazebo in Barker Common with the caption “These wonderful Fredonia students got together and cleaned up the village this morning! Great job guys!”

We applaud those who took the time to make Fredonia beautiful after the busy weekend with so many visitors in town. Some people were inconsiderate, littering on the ground, choosing to make a mess. But that’s when others stepped into action, cleaning up trash instead of letting it sit there.

That’s what community is all about.