Leaf pickup has started in Skowhegan, and public works officials say that removing fallen leaves helps keep storm drains clear. They urge residents to help out.

Wednesday’s pickup is on streets west of Madison Avenue, Thursday’s is on streets east of Main Street and Friday’s is on streets east of North Avenue.

Next week, leaves will be picked up on streets between Madison Avenue and North Avenue on Monday, west of Main Street on Tuesday, west of Madison Avenue on Wednesday, east of Main Street on Thursday and east of North Avenue on Friday, Oct. 30.

Leaves on streets between North Avenue and Madison Avenue and those west of Main Street were picked up earlier this week, but the Skowhegan Public Works Department said in a news release that residents also can take leaves to the town’s transfer station for composting.

The department will continue with leaf pickup as time and weather permit, it said in a news release.

“In order to ensure that storm drain systems continue to work properly and do not become plugged with leaves, town crews will pick up leaves on all streets that have curbing and storm drainage systems,” the release said. “Leaves should be raked out beyond the edge of the road but not so far as to impede traffic.”

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