Photos taken from the Trinity's Way Facebook page

ALTON – After tragically losing her daughter in an automobile crash in February 2017, April Gray has been overcoming her grief through maintaining her daughter's memory.

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Trinity's Way, as the organization of friends and family of the late Trinity Buel has been called, has become a force for change in the Riverbend following that tragic incident. Between litter cleanups, park improvements, fundraisers for animal rescues and even a large festival, the group has made quite an impact in the area. Now, to add to that growing list, the group has decided to adopt a highway.

“We adopted the highway, because we wanted to take on more in regards to our commitment to clean up litter in the community,” Gray said in a Facebook message. “We plan to host at least four cleanups on our stretch of highway over the next year to meet the requirements of the Adopt-A-Highway Program. We also wanted to bring more awareness to the public about the importance of litter cleanips and not littering in the first place.”

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Former litter cleanups by the group have been in parks and places not usually seen by people unless they have specifically gone there as a destination. With the adopted section of Highway 67, however, Gray believes they will be more visible to more people as they are in a group wearing brightly-colored safety vests.

Their stretch of 67 begins north of Casey's General Store in Godfrey and continues to past Lars Hoffman Crossing.

“We chose that stretch because it's a busy area that encompasses where many people enter Godfrey off of 255 and the Wal-Mart Supercenter, which results in a lot of trash,” Gray said.

More information on the organization can be found on the Trinity's Way Facebook page.

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