Saturday, April 27, 2002

Groups pitch in to pitch trash

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tristate volunteers are jumping in to help with today's Great American Cleanup.

        Sponsored nationwide each spring by Keep America Beautiful Inc., the cleanup mobilizes more than 2 million volunteers annually to make their neighborhoods more beautiful, safer and healthier.

[photo] A great blue heron takes off from Dry Creek in Boone County, near a tire dumped along the water. Volunteers will clean up along roadways and around Doe Run Lake today.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Today is the date identified for participation by many Tristate municipalities. About 5,000 volunteers are tackling similar tasks in about 50 communities throughout Greater Cincinnati, sponsored by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

        Boone County will observe spring cleanup week, April 29-May 5. It will take part in the Great American Cleanup today, as will the cities of Florence, Union and Walton.

        Boone County Jail inmates will join the effort Monday by picking up trash along roadways. Inmates collected 60 loads of trash along 45 miles of roads last year.

        Covington residents can pick up litter at a number of sites. The event is co-sponsored by the Covington Neighborhood Collaborative, the Friends of Covington, the Covington Business Council, the Covington Community Center and the city of Covington.

        More than 500 people, including Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, will gather in Washington Park before spreading throughout Over-the-Rhine for a cleanup that is to include removing graffiti and litter and planting flowers.

        Kenton County Public Works and Recreation and family volunteers will clean up around Doe Run Lake today, too.

        In Milford, in Reading and along the Mill Creek, volunteers will help beautify the landscape by removing trash and debris.

        The 2001 Great American Cleanup saw volunteers in more than 12,000 communities in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Winnipeg, Canada; and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers of all ages represented a variety of organized groups, including colleges/universities, scouts, sports teams and military personnel, as well as businesses, civic leagues and families.

        Keep Cincinnati Beautiful needs volunteers. If interested, call 352-4380.

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