By: Lynne Hart
On March 9, an army of volunteers will be spread across Limestone County and around Athens attacking litter.
Our last three articles have been an informational series about litter, the problems it causes, things we should do to help prevent it, and a series of questions to help determine who really cares.
Now we want to offer an opportunity for our community to come out in force to attack the problem.
KALB, TVA, and United Pest & Turf Control invite everyone to come out and help clean up the mess. Groups will meet in four locations for registration, instructions, supply distribution, and a group photo after which groups will disburse to areas in need of cleanup.
After the hard and often dirty work is done, all volunteers are invited to join KALB at 11:30 a.m. at Big Spring Memorial Park (Duck Pond) for lunch and prize drawings to start at noon. Ardmore volunteers may join United Pest & Turf Control at Town Hall Park at noon for lunch and prize drawings.
SPONSORS: TVA, United Pest & Turf Control, KALB, and Keep Alabama Beautiful in partnership with the Alabama Department of Transportation
REGISTRATION: Let us know the number of participants and what location you’ll attend. Call 256-233-8000 or email KALBCares@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming to help ensure we have plenty of supplies and food.
MEETING PLACES: There are currently FOUR locations to meet:
- Boat launch on Hatchery Rd. off Hwy. 99 in West Limestone (for river and west side of county)
- Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens (the Duck Pond) (for Athens and east side of county)
- City of Ardmore – Jones Drug Parking Lot
- Aerospace Building at Calhoun College – for cleanup of Swan Creek Wildlife Mgt. Area
CLEANUP LOCATIONS: Groups and individuals may come prepared with an area where they would like to tackle trash, or KALB will provide an area for you. All city councilmen and county commissioners have been contacted and asked for a list of areas that are in need of attention.
SUPPLIES PROVIDED: Trash bags and buckets, net water bags, vests, litter grabbers, gloves
WHAT TO WEAR: Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear clothes and sturdy shoes/boots that can get dirty. Bring gloves if you have them — some will be provided. Bring sunscreen and/or insect repellent, depending on the weather and location.
LUNCH: & PRIZES: TVA, United Pest & Turf Control, and KALB will provide lunch for all volunteers. See event schedule below for times and locations. All volunteer’s names will be entered into drawings; however, one must be present to win.
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful