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Litter sweep starts Saturday

Encouraging individuals, civic groups and businesses to help clean up area roadsides is the goal of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department through the Fall Litter Sweep campaign beginning Saturday.
During Monday’s Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, the board proclaimed Sept. 15-29 as Fall Litter Sweep 2007 in Lincoln County. They urge residents to participate.
Cash prizes will be awarded in a contest for the most unusual litter. First place will be $250, second place will be $100 and $50 will be awarded for the third place. Applications can be obtained by contacting Drew Chance, Lincoln County Parks and Recreation program coordinator. Supplies including trash bags, orange safety vests, recycling trash bags and gloves can also be picked up from at the Lincoln County Parks and Recreation office.
“The most unusual litter could be anything. Once there was a sink full of dishes and another time there was a grill with food still on it,” Chance said. “If you find something strange, enter it.”
The Fall Litter Sweep will continue through the last Saturday of the month.
Annually, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Office of Beautification organizes roadside cleanup campaigns to ensure clean roadsides throughout the state.
“The purpose of the Fall Litter Sweep is to help keep Lincoln County and North Carolina beautiful,” Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, said. “We’re encouraging everyone to do their part, and go the extra mile by including the vacant lot next to yours or the area near your children’s school.”
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, community and civic organizations, inmates, community service workers, local governments and many concerned residents participate in the cleanups and are eligible to receive a certificate of appreciation for helping.
Volunteers concerned about the environment are needed for cleanup days at the Howard’s Creek School Road location Sept. 19 and Unity Church Road Sept. 26.
by Ellen Robinson

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