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Community members clean up Toppenish, Outlook, Buena

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TOPPENISH--Community members get together in to clean up three Lower Valley towns.

About 50 people gathered Saturday morning to paint over graffiti that popped up over the winter.

One organizer estimated crews cleared about 90 percent of the graffiti in Toppenish.

Local leaders hope to make this clean-up a monthly tradition.

"People need to realize how [graffiti] affects the city," Tito Zuniga, a sophomore at Toppenish High School, said.  "[Cleaning] brings out the beauty of Toppenish."

Graffiti wasn't washed out just in Toppenish.  Crews also went after taggings in Buena and Outlook.

The work was sponsored by a $40,000 Justice Assistance Grant from the federal government.