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Great American Cleanup is here
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
Flemington Mayor Sandra Martin, Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver, Hinesville Mayor Tom Ratcliffe and Midway Mayor Don Emmons hold a banner Tuesday recognizing the Great American Clean Up. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
It is now time for action — your action!  The Great American Clean Up is here!
This signature clean-up event sponsored by Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the nation enlists more than two million volunteers between March 1 and May 31 to clean up and beautify America.  
A number of projects have been planned for our county and many communities are still setting dates. We need volunteers to make these efforts a success in the next three months.
Clean-up effort
We will be gearing up with a clean up at the Sunbury Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10. This is a wonderful public facility I hope you will visit sometime if you have never done so.  
Luanne Smith is coordinating this project and needs neighbors and any other interested volunteers to help spruce up the area.  Volunteers will be cutting back bushes and cleaning up around the ramp and pier area as well as using kayaks to capture litter around the waters edge in this area.  So whether you are a kayaker or a landlubber, Luanne has a job for you!
With the help of Jody Smiley and Joey Norris with Coastal Lawn Care, volunteers will be able to clean up the existing foliage that has become overgrown and add some beautification touches  to this public facility.  
Some of our favorite volunteers with the Hampton Island staff are also pitching in with the water cleanup here too. Shrimp Docks at Sunbury is graciously providing lunch for the volunteers when they finish.  So if you live in the Sunbury area or would just like to help with this project, give me a call at 368-4888 or contact Luanne directly at We need a volunteer count to make sure we have enough supplies, equipment, and food and drinks, of course.
Bring work gloves
At any of these events, it always helps if volunteers can bring their own work gloves, garden shears, and even litter reachers (you know, those extender tools that help old folks like me reach things on high shelves and also pick up litter without having to bend over to get it). These tools really help make fast work of picking up litter. But do not worry if you don’t have these items. We will have plenty of extras to use. We just need you to bring you.
Other clean-up projects
A few of the other projects happening in the next several weeks include a beautification project at Dorchester Presbyterian Church, one of the many lovely historic treasures we have in Liberty County. We will be planting some dogwoods and azaleas to add to the beauty of this wonderful setting on Brigdon Road on the afternoon of Monday, March 12. Give me a call if you would like to pitch in.
We will also be adding some additional plantings to the front of the Sunbury Solid Waste Convenience Center on Fort Morris Road. The landscaping at this convenience center has been the first of what we hope for all the centers in Liberty County. It is great that it is attractive. That is always pleasant. But it is also a fact that people using a facility like this tend to treat it better when it is attractive — which translates into less expense for cleaning and maintaining it for us taxpayers. To help with this project, you can contact John Henderson or me.
A beach clean up on St. Catherine’s is planned for Saturday, March 31. We need volunteers with boats to help transport all of the volunteers to the island, so please consider helping with this project. Let’s do our part to keep that beautiful beach pristine as it should be and not marred with litter that has washed ashore. We will also have to limit the number of volunteers based on the available transportation, so give me a call if you want to help with this project.  This list is growing fast already.
One other March project is an electronics recycling collection the week of March 26. We will have several drop-off points around the county to recycle items, including computers, printers, fax machines, old phones, microwave ovens, and even televisions (although there is a $10 fee for these).  I will be providing more information on this recycling effort in a few days, but make your plans now to clean out those closets and storage rooms by the end of the month.  
We can assist any Liberty County businesses as well, but please contact me at 368-4888 or to discuss the number and type of items you may have to recycle. Depending on the quantity, pick-up can be arranged for a small fee during the week of the 26th. Call soon so we can work out the arrangements with the recycling company we are using.
Now these are just some of the March activities and I am beginning to feel a little tired even talking about them. Things really start picking up in April, our main month with the Great American Cleanup. Seriously, there is much planned and much to do — and we need you!
Additional upcoming events with
The Great American Cleanup:
• March 1-May 31: Young Adult Liberty Leaders and local schools are spearheading a recycling collection for plastic bottles (soda and water type bottles) with the Students for Recycling national project. Please help these young leaders as they lead this drive for our community.
• Midway Middle School Builders Club is collecting athletic shoes for recycling through the Nike Grind project. So start gathering those shoes, because all parts of these shoes can be recycled!  
• April 17: Celebrate  Kids Earth Day at the Park from 5-7 p.m.
• April 21: Neighborhood Watch Cleanups are planned for 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Contact Michael Trombley at 876-8211 or your Neighborhood Watch coordinator.
• April 22: Earth Day  To receive church bulletin inserts for your church on environmental stewardship, contact the KLCB office.
• April 28:  Hinesville’s Highway 84 cleanup  is set for 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. To volunteer, contact Michael Trombley at 876-8211 or KLCB at 368-4888.
• TBA: Cleanup dates in Flemington, Midway, Riceboro, Walthourville, Lake George, Woodland Lakes, and more. To help in these areas, call KLCB at 368-4888.
• May 17-19: Old Tire Roundup for noncommercial and Liberty County residents only
• May 19: Recycle It! Fair at the old hospital site on Highway 84 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help local organizations and nonprofits collect items for recycling from old athletic shoes, plastic bottles, cell phones, aluminum cans, to even old cars. Any non profit groups wishing to participate should contact KLCB at 368-4888. Clean out your closets and help your community.
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Sara Ann Swida at 368-4888 or
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