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Lots of fun events coming up
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Get ready now! We have several events coming up in the next couple of months that have your names written all over them. This fall is full of events to take care of our waterways, learn more about coastal waters and recycle computers, televisions and other items taking up storage in our homes and businesses. We’ll even make time to create pint-sized recycled scarecrows. Yes, much is happening with Keep Liberty County Beautiful this fall, so mark your calendars now.
Do you care about that beautiful beach on St. Catherines? Sometimes I need to ask it this way: Do you even know there is a beautiful beach on St. Catherines, right on our county’s coastline? Well, there is and it is only accessible by boat, so you would think that it would be pretty clean and pristine. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
The beach area is accessible to the public, but the interior of the island is private, belonging to the St. Catherines Foundation. I am really glad that people are able to go and enjoy the beach there. My family has had many fun times there in the past 20 years, but it saddens us and many of our friends that we often find the remnants of other boaters’ fun carelessly left there — bottles, cans, grills … you name it. Shame on you lazy folks who cannot pick up after yourselves.
The first year that our group had a cleanup on the beach, we collected more than two tons of litter and debris from just a few miles of beach! Two tons! Try getting that over to the mainland to dispose of. Last year we collected one ton. Thank goodness for the boaters over the years who have donated their time and their boats to transport volunteers. Bruce McCartney selflessly donated his boat to bring our litter collection back over. I know many people who try to pick up trash as they see it when they are on St. Catherines, but if you would like to join us for our Fall Beach Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 10, call me at 368-4888 or e-mail We need boats and volunteers. In just a few hours, you can help make a difference on our Liberty coast.
October for us is all about water. We have a Rivers Alive event each year as part of an international waterway cleanup. This year, our main Rivers Alive effort is Saturday, Oct. 24.
Each year, SNF Chemtall helps make the event happen for our community and also provides a terrific lunch at Riceboro Creek for our hungry volunteers. Last year, more than 200 volunteers came out and cleaned up areas in 10 locations around Liberty County and two in Long County.
We need your help again to target as many creeks, canals, marsh areas and rivers as possible. We will also clean inland areas in Hinesville, Allenhurst, Flemington and Walthourville because much of the debris and litter that ends up in our larger bodies of water began their adventures when they were thrown or blown or washed into stormwater drains in town.
We can set up an alternative date and/or location for groups, neighborhoods, kayakers or school groups who would like to participate but might need to do so during the week. To register yourself, your family or your group, call or e-mail now.
Keep Liberty County Beautiful is hosting a Progress through People Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Our speaker, Dr. Peter Verity, will share detailed information about the impact of debris on our coastal waters at this month’s event. The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor.
To make a reservation, call the chamber at 368 4445.
October would not be October if we didn’t make some little straw scarecrows. Our annual Recycled Munchkin Scarecrow Contest will once again be a part of the YMCA’s Community Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Scarecrows are the quintessential recycled item, and building one is a fun fall activity whether you are a munchkin yourself or an adult with a creative streak. There are prize categories for all ages and for family or group entries. Last year, we had more than 30 entries, so we will be looking for your pint-sized ’crow this year.
Moving on to November, we’re all about recycling. We’ve got some serious recycling events planned throughout the month in conjunction with America Recycles Day on Nov. 15.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, we’ll have our quarterly Recycle it! Fair, in partnership with Goodwill industries and Coastal Auto and Recycling. It will be at the old hospital site at the corner of Highway 84 and Frasier Drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. People can turn in electronics and other household hazardous waste items like cell phones, fluorescent lights, household paint and batteries for recycling.
These types of items release toxins over time and certainly do not need to end up in landfills. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, call our office.
KLCB will have an Electronics Recycling Daze for Businesses from Nov. 9-12. You can make a pick-up appointment or drop off any computers and other electronics that businesses need to recycle. Goodwill will be partnering with us again on this, so check your storage rooms now to decide what items need to be sent to the great recycling heaven in the sky. Storage space is always at a premium, so clean out your clutter and do something good for the environment at the same time.
We will have an awareness campaign on recycling information and other “green” ideas for America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. So, put on your “green” thinking caps because you may want to be a part of it.
Those are some highlights for upcoming Keep Liberty County Beautiful activities, but just remember, these projects will not amount to much without your support. So check your calendars now and take this opportunity to make a difference in our community.

KLCB announcements that you can use to help save the environment:
• Win-dex Attractive Business Awards nominations for this quarter will be accepted through Sept. 30. Call 368-4888 or e-mail or the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce office at 368-4445 for a nomination form.
• Saturday, Oct. 10: Annual St Catherine’s Island Beach Sweep We need boats and volunteers. Call today for information.
• Oct. 24: The annual Rivers Alive Cleanups in Liberty County.
• Tell the world how you really feel about litter. Get your free litter car decal by calling 368-4888 or e-mailing
• Keep your “butts” off the streets and sidewalks! Cigarette litter needs to be disposed of properly. For a free pocket ashtray, call 368-4888.

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 368-4888 or
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