HYANNIS – Downtown Hyannis is mostly clean and litter free. There is a reason, and even a quiet hero to the story.
For five hours in the morning, David Jones, 79, a laborer for the Town of Barnstable, makes Hyannis a cleaner place.
Maybe the town isn’t all that dirty or littered in the first place because in the morning a vacuum cleaner is taken through the West End parking lot, and other parking lots, and up and down downtown sidewalks.
It’s a little thing that, perhaps, no one notices except the few early morning in-town workers who stop to say a friendly hello to Jones.
He takes the vacuum to a lot of places through town, and stops and picks up bigger litter by hand.
“I vacuum the sidewalks when I can get down them,” said Jones, a man of few words and a lot to do in the morning. “They got them all tore up,” he said of the sidewalks on Main Street.
Jones, of Hyannis, works part time. He said he has worked for the town for 15 years. And then he headed off to do his quiet and mostly unnoticed heroic work.
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