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Cities getting ready to clean up
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Several nearby cities will have their annual spring cleanups next weekend as part of the Great American Cleanup. We really appreciate these busy municipalities taking time out of their hectic schedules to promote the importance of keeping communities clean and attractive. But these cities need their residents to come out for a few hours to help with the effort. That means you!
Here are the cleanup events scheduled for April 4:
• City of Gum Branch, 8:30 a.m.-noon: Meet at city hall. Thanks to Helen Worth, the Gum Branch Fire Department, Leah Poole and the Canoochee EMC for partnering to make this cleanup possible. Of course, we will have cleanup supplies and equipment on hand and T-shirts for all volunteers. Thanks to the fire department staff, sponsored by Canoochee EMC, who will cook lunch for hungry volunteers.  Last year, Gum Branch had 75 volunteers help with the cleanup. They need citizens to come out again and make this effort a success.
• City of Midway, 8:30 a.m.-noon: Meet at city hall. Gloria Cook-Osbourne and Mayor Don Emmons are encouraging residents to join them Saturday for Midway’s cleanup. With the city of Midway Day just a few weeks away, this is an excellent time to get the roadways looking good. Church groups, local businesses and individual volunteers are welcome to help. As always, supplies and equipment will be available for volunteers, who will also get T-shirts as thank-you gifts. The city hall staff will cook lunch when volunteers finish cleaning.
Youth Challenge Academy will help at a couple cleanups April 4. We always appreciate their hard work and support.
• City of Flemington 8:30 a.m.-noon: Meet at city hall. Flemington has several local businesses already signed up to help, but they need local residents and even more groups to canvas the main roads around the city. Please join them.  Flemington had more than 70 volunteers last year and were able to clean several miles of roadways. Terri Willett needs your help to make this year a success. Flemington will also provide lunch for volunteers after the cleanup.  
• City of Riceboro, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet at the Crossroads Store for supplies and clean up assignments. Peggy LeCounte is certainly one of the busiest women in our community, so I particularly appreciate her coordinating the clean-up effort in Riceboro this year. She has several businesses and groups signed up to help in Riceboro and beyond, but she still needs you. Riceboro will provide lunch for all volunteers, some of whom will be cooking. We really appreciate how everyone partners up to make these events happen.
• Walthourville is moving their local cleanup to April 18 at 8:30 a.m. They will meet at city hall. As many of you know, they’ve had their hands full with the completion of the beautiful, new city hall, so mark your calendar and pitch in for this city cleanup.
• Pine Ridge neighborhood in Hinesville will have a cleanup April 4 at 10 am. Volunteers should meet at Maria Frigosa’s house for supplies and assignments.
• Bradwell Institute scheduled a campus cleanup for April 4. Brandi Helton is working with Bradwell staff and students to clean up some streets around the campus.
There’s a lot happening on April 4, but these cleanups need your involvement to be successful. For information, call my office at 368-4888. If there isn’t a cleanup scheduled yet for your area, there is still plenty of time. Keep Liberty Beautiful can provide cleanup supplies, loan out litter reachers and provide Great American Cleanup T-shirts for volunteers.
 We have two days left to nominate local businesses for the quarterly Win-dex Awards, recognizing local attractive businesses. Call 368-4888 or e-mail to get your nomination in.  
More upcoming KLCB events that need your help:
• March 31-April 18: River of Words display at the Liberty County Library.
• March 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Neighborhoods and communities day.   
• March 15-May 15:  Recycle 4 Liberty contest in schools. Schools will collect PET #1 plastic bottles and the tops of aluminum cans.
• March 30-April 10:   School campus cleanup conference playoffs.
• April 4, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: Small towns, big cleanups day.
• April 9: Read Across Liberty Day.
• April 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Hinesville, Highway 84 and more day.
• April 22, 3-5:30 p.m. Earth Day in the park.  
• Live Oak Photo Exhibit on display at Melon Bluff for spring hours through April 19: Noon-4 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information or to volunteer for any of these events, please call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 368-4888 or e-mail

Swida is the executive director of Keep Liberty County Beautiful. For more information, contact her at 368-4888 or
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