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Cleanup campaign comes to an end
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Only a few official days remain in the 2008 Great American Cleanup. This year, including smaller, local challenges in our Clean Community Challenge has added a fun, competitive element to the task of cleaning up litter.
On the local level, the Keep America Beautiful cleanup campaign included numerous roadside and water cleanups, with many volunteers taking part in the effort. Projects ranged in size: The largest task attracted 150 volunteers, while the smallest involved one person who cleaned up a body of water in her local community.
A merry band of helpers battled the sand gnats to clean up beaches on St. Catherine's Island, and a youth group endured drizzling rain to tidy up Riceboro's roads. But the work didn't stop there. Teams also tacked lakes, creeks and canals.
Various recycling events salvaged countless pounds of electronics, paint, motor fluids, toys, batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges and plastic bottles. Children of all ages - from pre-school to high school - pitched in to do their part and helped to kick off a crayon-recycling campaign in an attempt to build the World's Largest Crayon this fall.  
The Clean Community Challenge also included an Earth Day celebration, storm-water pollution programs and a public-awareness blitz, which took place in churches, local restaurants and schools. Cities and communities of all sizes held cleanups and challenged each other to make their municipalities nicer, healthier places to live. A number of beautification projects staged throughout the region improved the appearance of the county, and scores of groups planted 125 trees for Arbor Day as a commitment to a greener future.
This week, a Saturday cleanup in Walthourville will take place from 8 a.m. until noon. Supplies will be provided and lunch will be served to all volunteers at the event. Anyone who wishes to lend a hand is welcome. The group will meet at City Hall. For information, call 368-4888 or Walthourville City Hall at 368-7501.
Making and keeping a community beautiful and clean is a full-time, everyday responsibility. Even though the Great American Cleanup ends May 31, cleanups can take place throughout the year. Educational events, recycling projects and cleanup efforts are always appreciated. If you have a project idea, now is the time to take action. It will take hard work from every resident to keep Liberty County clean and beautiful all year long.
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