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Gum Branch starting cleanup social season
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I love springtime because everything feels so fresh and clean - except for the roadways, that is.
In late winter and early spring, our roads are usually still recovering from the overwhelming litter accumulated during and after the holidays. During the holidays, we generate significantly more garbage because of all the gift giving and festivities. Christmas surely is the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the trashiest. Our roads suffer from people traveling with unsecured loads of trash that decorate our roads in the most unappealing ways.
So with the warmer weather comes the need for cleanups. One of the first major cleanups this year is coming up in our "high" season. Let's begin to think of cleanups as social affairs!
Gum Branch is gearing up for a cleanup along Highway 196. Leah Poole is putting together a major effort with the support of county Commissioner Connie Thrift, Canoochee EMC, the Adolescent Health Program and the Gum Branch City Council.  Ms. Poole and her fellow sponsors invite any interested citizens to meet at the city hall at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, for an energetic day on the road. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided for volunteers.  
Fighting litter is challenging, so we are making this year's Great American Cleanup a sporting event. Are you up to the challenge? Come on, citizens of Liberty County, we want to see what you're made of. Get ready to accept the Clean Community Challenge! Thanks, Gum Branch, for kicking things off.
Another critical activity is taking place over the next few weeks. We want to know what you think. So does Gov. Perdue. With the help of area McDonald's Restaurants and a number of volunteers, we will conduct a community attitude survey on litter. On Feb. 16, we'll distribute the surveys at McDonald's on Highway 84, Highway 196 and at Wal-Mart between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The surveys are brief but they will help us collect information for the state about your concerns about litter. If you would like to participate but will not be able to drop by on the 16, contact the Keep Liberty County Beautiful office at 368-4888 or or for a copy. Please note "Survey" in the subject line on email contacts.
Your thoughts matter, but they may also mean dollars for our community. By providing the state with the results as well as results from a litter index in our community and a plan of work for litter education, eradication and enforcement, our community will become eligible for funding for community projects to fight litter. This is part of the Governor's Campaign Against Litter: the Clean Community Challenge.

Upcoming KLCB events:
Now through Feb. 15, Georgia Arbor Day. Join us by planting trees in celebration of Arbor Day, Feb. 15. Send pictures to include in a photo collage by Feb. 15, to or  
Last Week for phone book recycling. Collection drop off bins for dated phone books are at these locations through Feb. 15:
Liberty County Courthouse Annex lobby
Hinesville City Hall lobby
Midway City Hall lobby,
Riceboro City Hall porch,
Walthourville City Hall porch,
Flemington City Hall lobby
Fort Stewart solid waste convenience center at 685 McFarland Road
Any Fort Stewart residence polycart or blue recycle dumpster.
Any local businesses collecting phone books can call to arrange a courtesy pick up. Call KLCB at 368-4888 to arrange a pick up.
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, call me at 368-4888 or email
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