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Many opportunities currently exist to make our community a greener place to live. I hope you’ll find one or more of our community improvement events meaningful enough to participate in. This year’s Great American Cleanup is full of cleaning activities, beautification opportunities and educational fun. These activities are enjoyable for individuals, families, co-workers, neighbors or friends. So take a look at the activities coming up and make a date to join us.
On March 1, KLCB officially kicks off its premier cleanup effort, the Great American Cleanup, which involves millions of volunteers annually across the nation.
Also in March, we’ll have our annual Beach Sweep on St. Catherine’s Island. This cleanup is a small one, but is essential for those of us who love the Liberty coastline. St. Catherines is a beautiful barrier island that, unfortunately, has become a dumping ground for some beach and boating enthusiasts who visit.
In the past couple of years, KLCB has removed tons of litter from just a few miles of coastline. We are only able to provide this cleanup effort through the generosity of local boat owners who provide transportation for volunteers to St. Catherines.
I consider any time on the water or at the beach a thrill — even for a cleanup, but don’t misunderstand. We do work while we’re there. If you are interested in volunteering yourself or your boat, call KLCB’s office as soon as possible. We’ll be confirming the date for a Saturday in mid-March.
KLCB will have its first cleanup “playoffs” March 28. This year, our Great American Cleanup becomes the “Great American Conference” as we compete through our cleanups with a sports theme. We already have local “coaches” forming their cleanup teams throughout our community. Our coaches are looking for businesses, agencies, neighborhoods, churches and civic groups to join their teams and beat litter. Consider getting your co-workers or group together to participate. We’ll be introducing our coaches and their teams in the next few weeks.
KLCB encourages every neighborhood and community in our county to consider having a cleanup or beautification project on this day or another day if this date conflicts with other scheduled activities.
KLCB will provide cleanup supplies, garbage bags, plastic gloves, water and litter-reachers for all scheduled groups as long as supplies last. We will have awards for communities and neighborhoods that do the most outstanding work. Do it for fun, but do it for your neighborhood.
The second cleanup playoff is April 4. This date is geared toward smaller cities and towns in our county. Last year, we had some outstanding cleanups in Flemington, Gum Branch and Walthourville. We’re expecting the same great results this year.
Our third cleanup playoff will be in Hinesville on April 25. We call it “Hinesville, Highway 84 and More,” because we target the area along Highway 84 and the downtown area. Last year, we had more than 200 volunteers at this event who cleaned 11 miles of roadway. This is another great opportunity to make a difference and have some good-natured, competitive fun.
KLCB will celebrate Earth Day at Bradwell Park on Wednesday, April 22. The afternoon of fun and educational activities includes a sidewalk chalk art contest, eco-exhibits, environmental games and crafts, information about environmentally friendly products and ideas, green energy ideas and much more. Music, face painting, information station giveaways at each exhibit, drawings and prizes will be part of the action as we celebrate Mother Earth and learn about ways to protect her resources. Mark your calendar now to join us April 22.
We can use volunteers at all of these events. After all, you can’t spell community without “u.”

Mark your calendar now for these Great American Cleanup events:
• March 28:  Communities and neighborhoods
• April 4:  Small towns, big cleanups
• April 22: The green scene Earth Day in the park
 • April 25: Hinesville, Highway 84 and more.

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