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Long County cleans its waterways
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Kids from the Long County 4-H Club chow down on hotdogs and hamburgers after picking up trash. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
LUDOWICI -- The Long County Code Enforcement Office recently organized a waterway cleanup.
With the help of the Long County 4-H Club and several volunteers, the enforcement office cleaned up at Peacock Creek off Tibet Road and at the Long County North-End Landing.
Everyone met up at the Long County Courthouse at 9 a.m. and then divided into two groups to cover two locations. In addition to picking up trash, the group also separated the aluminum cans for recycling.
Everyone gathered 37 bags of trash and 23 five-gallon buckets of glass bottles in the effort.
After the hard work, they all met up at the North Landing and enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Eighth-grader Daniel Middleton said, "Days like this are good because it helps everyone develop social skills by working together, and its good for the environment to help with pollution."
Code Enforcement Officer John Bradley said, "I want to especially thank Lisa (Overbey) and all the 4-H kids. They did a great job, just like they always do."
In addition to appreciation being given to the 4-H Club, he also recognized the L/LCFD Ladies Auxiliary/Station 4 and to the Glenville Piggly Wiggly for donating all the food for the lunch.
4-H assistant Overbey said, "Clean-up project like this are not just about picking up trash, it's about getting young people involved and making them proud of their community, of where they live."
According to LCCEO administrative assistant Michelle Poppell, this was the second river clean-up organized by the office and a big event is scheduled for May 3 on McQueen Street from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
"We have a big day planned on May 3," she said. "We will be having all kinds of environmental exhibits and fun things to do. We're calling it the 'Lets Make a Tidal Wave to keep Long County Beautiful/Community Awareness Day,' and we are hoping everyone will come out for it."
Bradley said, "Today was wonderful, just wonderful and I want to thank everyone who came out and helped."
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