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Driving down Route 1 through Piti, motorists now have a clearer view of the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers from the USS Frank Cable helped the village of Piti with various beautification projects around the village.
“We want to give them recognition,” said Piti Mayor Ben Gumataotao, “because it’s a good thing what they are doing.”
Several sailors worked to cut back the undergrowth with machetes or bush-cutters along the coastline. Others spent the day at Jose Rios Middle School cleaning up the grounds or painting the walls.
John Gumataotao, a staff member at the Piti Mayor’s Office, said they really appreciate the help because clearing the coastline has been a long awaited projected that couldn’t be fully completed with limited staff.
The Veterans’ Cemetery got some attention as well.
MM1 Vaughn James, one of the volunteers, has volunteered on past visits. He also helps tutor at Jose Rios Middle School.
“We come out to volunteer and to help the community,” James said.