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Cities gear up for area cleanups
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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In the next few weeks, volunteers with Keep Liberty County Beautiful will participate in a number of events as part of the annual Great American Cleanup for 2010. We will partner with cities in Liberty County to host citywide cleanups in Midway, Flemington, Walthourville, Gum Branch and Hinesville.
The key to making these events successful is getting local residents involved in changing and improving their communities. Of course we’ll remove trash and debris from roads and green spaces during the cleanups, but we’ll also take a stand against litter and those who create it.
The cleanup date for Flemington, Walthourville, Gum Branch and Midway is Saturday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants will meet at each community’s city hall to receive instructions and cleanup supplies. The city of Hinesville cleanup is from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Participants will meet at Bradwell Park for supplies and cleanup assignments. All volunteers will receive 2010 Great American Cleanup T-shirts and lunch afterward.
So far this spring, many volunteers have planted trees and others helped with beautification projects. We have conducted campus cleanups at area schools and neighborhood cleanups in several communities. The city of Riceboro had its cleanup last Saturday, and we tidied up several highways and an illegal tire dump a few weeks ago. At this point, KLCB volunteers have collected more than two tons of trash. Unfortunately, we have a few more tons to go, and we need your help.
If you are troubled by the trash and debris others toss from their vehicles, you need to get involved. If you are concerned about your community’s appearance, you need to get involved. If you are worried about the negative, long-term effects of litter on wildlife, bodies of water and human health, you need to get involved. Take a stand if you care. That’s the only way to stop litter in its tracks.
I believe the litter-haters far outnumber the litter-creators, but we have to show those who carelessly damage our communities that we are fed up with their wasteful ways. It is not hard to use a trash bag or a cigarette pocket ashtray. It doesn’t take much effort to gather up the trash in your car and put it in a wastebasket.
So, if it matters to you, I invite you to spend a few hours taking a stand against litter. We will have cleaner, better communities if we rally together and take action.

Upcoming KLB events:
• April 10 and May 1: Neighborhoods and challenge cleanups
• April 17,  8:30  a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Cities of Gum Branch, Flemington, Midway and Walthourville
• April 22, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Earth Day celebration, “The Green Scene”
• April 24, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: City of Hinesville cleanup
• May 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Recycle it! Fair for electronics and HHW items.
For more information, call 880-4888 or e-mail

Plan now to volunteer and make a difference where you live. For more information, call 880-4888 or e-mail
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