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There's still clean-up work ahead
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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We are near the end of the second month in the Great American Cleanup in Liberty County. Thanks to more than 200 volunteers providing 800-plus volunteer hours, we have cleaned and enhanced several miles of roadways and waterways, and “beautified” a number of locations around the county. But we are not over yet. We still have a number of projects planned by organizations and communities. If you have not volunteered yet, we still have plenty of projects where you can make a difference for our community. This Saturday, we are having a major cleanup in Hinesville along Highway 84 from city limits to city limits. That is five miles, which seems like a lot, but we are dividing the roadway into five segments. Volunteers will be assigned to teams led be local businesses and civic organizations like Georgia Power, the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, YMCA and more. Each team will be assigned one mile of Highway 84 to clean up. Committing to clean up one mile is a lot easier than five miles, isn’t it?  We will also have a team from Youth Challenge cleaning up along Peacock Canal.  
Hinesville Police Officer Michael Trombley, who is coordinating the Highway 84 cleanup, is still looking for volunteers. Call 368-8211 or just meet us at the old hospital site at the corner of Highway 84 and Frasier Drive at 8 a.m. Saturday. Thanks to the city of Hinesville, the HPD and OMI for supporting this effort by providing refreshments for volunteers as well as garbage pickup.
This past weekend, two communities and several Hinesville neighborhoods made  their communities “clean and green.”  
Working through Neighborhood Watch groups, Hinesville neighbors cleaned roadsides, trimmed hedges and did some planting to make their neighborhoods shine.  Thanks again to Trombley, who coordinated this effort as well and OMI for picking up all the yard waste and litter collected.
The city of Midway had volunteers cleaning roadsides along Highway 84 and creating focal areas at city hall. Volunteers added new planters at the entrance way and a new plant bed in front of the city hall sign.  Local master gardener Jenny Scurry provided the colorful plan for the planting projects.  Mayor Don Emmons and City Clerk Gloria Cook had their volunteers working hard. The cleanup was supported by donations for refreshments from the local Parker’s Store and the Midway Grocery.  
The city of Flemington also had a cleanup effort Saturday. Hardworking volunteers led by city officials cleaned the Old Sunbury Road, Joseph Martin Road, Wallace Martin Road and Patriot Trail. Volunteers cleaned an extensive stretch of Peacock Canal as well. Their efforts were rewarded by generous donations from local coffee shop, Koffee and Kakes, and the local Parker’s Store.  
Both of these communities demonstrated leadership in action as local city officials participated in both Midway and Flemington. Thanks to Flemington Mayor Sandra Martin and Midway Mayor Don Emmons, and their city councils for making a “hands-on” difference in their communities. Local citizens should take pride in their city officials for “walking the walk” and not just “talking the talk.” I also want recognize Gary Dodd and his staff at the local McDonald’s Restaurants for using Earth Day placemats in all their restaurants during Earth Day weekend to encourage everyone to make choices at home to protect our local waters. Thanks also to more than 20 churches in our community who shared 2,500 handouts with their congregations on environmental stewardship for Earth Day.  
Reminders about upcoming events with the Great American Cleanup
• Saturday (8 a.m.-noon): Hinesville’s Highway 84 Cleanup to the Limits. To volunteer, call Trombley at 368-8211 or KLCB at 368-4888.
• In May: Cleanups and projects in Riceboro, Walthourville, Lake George, and more. To help in these areas, call 368-4888.
• May 12: Cleanup at Martha Stevens Park.
• May 17-19: Old Tire Roundup in Liberty County. Noncommercial and Liberty County residents only may participate. No commercial customers. Call 368-4888.
• May 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Recycle It! Fair at the old hospital site on Highway 84.
Help local service organizations and nonprofits collect items for recycling, including old athletic shoes, plastic water and soda bottles, cell phones, aluminum cans, old paint, household batteries, car batteries, used antifreeze and motor oil, scrap tires (no commercial will be accepted), and even old cars. Any nonprofit groups wishing to participate should call 368-4888. Clean out your closets and storage rooms and help your community.
• Through May 31: Young Adult Liberty Leaders and local schools are spearheading a recycling collection for plastic bottles (soda and water 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.
For more information, contact me at 368-4888 or
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