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Volunteers make clean up projects happen
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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As we rapidly approach Thanksgiving this week, I know how much I have to be thankful for and how many people that am thankful to for their help with several major Keep Liberty Beautiful projects in the last several weeks. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We are fortunate to have many new volunteers as well as the faithful regulars who just keep making things happen.
In late October and early November, we had quite a number of waterway cleanups as a part of the annual Rivers Alive Cleanups. On the 25th we had 10 locations in Liberty County, ranging from roads and areas around small but crucial creeks and tributaries like Peacock Canal as it flows through the county down to the coast. We also cleaned sites in Walthourville on Dunlevy and Tibet as well as an area around Highway 84 in Allenhurst. Creeks and small streams in town are just as important as large waterways when you are fighting stormwater pollution. We also cleaned the bridge and recreation area around Jones Creek, a segment of Highway 17, several miles of Islands Highway along the marshes, the boat ramp at South Newport River, and the marsh and creek at Riceboro Creek. We also had a couple of locations in Long County on Nov. 8 and good old faithful Dot Moss made sure that Lake George got a thorough cleanup too. That many locations require a lot of volunteers — over 200 actually. We sincerely appreciate all the volunteers who came out from the 4th Brigade on Fort Stewart and a number of classes of soldiers as well. We also appreciate the Youth Challenge Academy and their efforts on the west side. We appreciate all the Chemtall employees and Riceboro citizens who waded into those marshes and picked up all those hundreds of glass bottles and other debris at Riceboro Creek. We certainly are thankful for Dennis Fitzgerald and all of his boating volunteers who scoured Riceboro Creek.
We could not have had these events without the support of SNF Chemtall. Phyllis Tucker and her coworkers not only clean up they cook a fabulous lunch for volunteers as well. And I cannot forget those site captains at each location; Nelean Lewis, Karen Bell, Gloria Cook-Osbourne, Leah Poole, Shannon Watson, Jeff Stone, Jeff Bowen, Laura Cotto, Terri Willett, Ryan Willett, Will Willett, Dylan Pritchett, Ginny Bennett, Michelle Poppell, John Henderson, Pam Henderson, Chip Belgio, Lindsay Swida and David Sapp.
We jumped immediately from waterways to America Recycles Day activities, including breaking the record for the World’s Largest Crayon with crayons recycled by hundreds of Liberty County students and families. It also draw great response from volunteers and sponsors and I’ll write about them later.

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