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The La Porte County Solid Waste District’s fifth annual Clean It Up Day was a huge success again this year, with hundreds of volunteers participating in 38 cleanups countywide! In Michigan City alone, volunteers collected 200 bags of trash in areas including Meijer Drive, Highway 12, Pahs Road, Karwick Road and Hitchcock Road. Another two truckloads of litter was also removed from La Porte’s downtown, parks and neighborhoods, as well as county roads in surrounding areas. “Despite the rain, we still had around 350 people go out in their communities to clean them up and make them better places to live and play,” said Alicia Ebaugh, district education and public outreach coordinator. “The goal of this event is to heighten awareness of La Porte County’s litter problem, and I think it’s working.” The La Porte County Solid Waste District wants to recognize their volunteer groups: Michigan City High School, Krueger Middle School, The North Face staff, Crystal Castro and family, Fifth Ward Councilperson Sharon Carnes and family, At-Large Councilperson Don Przybylinski and family, Evergreen Baptist Church’s youth group, Michigan City North End Advocacy Team, Not 2 Young 2 Work, Elston Grove Neighborhood Association, the Greater MC GOP Club, Nora Schultz, Tracey Pollock and family, Samantha Chapala and family, Sue and Louie Almanza, Jane Neulieb and all Long Beach volunteers, Charmaine Tompkins and family, Levi’s and Verizon staff, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ youth group, Patricia Howard and family, Michelle Basta, Andi Jahnz-Davis, Mark Dever, Alcoa, American Licorice, Agape Christian Church, Northwest Chapter of the Indiana Environmental Health Association, Rolling Prairie Business and Community Association, LC Sacred Heart Apostolic School, the Scipio Sensations 4-H Club, Terra Verde Garden Club, the Kiwanis Club of La Porte, Sean McKiel and family, Blake McKiel and family, Tim Vaughan and the Stock family, Ashley Wisnieski and friends, Lora and Paul Brooks, Donna and Byron Marben, Sheryl Bede and family, Connie Justice, Phil Liverman, Nina Rogowski and Girl Scout troops led by Deb Gordon, Jessica Duch, Pamela Stanfield, Kim Zapala and Kristin Nunez. Our generous local donors and sponsors were Domino's Pizza of Michigan City, Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department, Michigan City Refuse Department, Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce, La Porte Park and Recreation Department, Wana Pizza, Michigan City Fifth Ward Councilperson Sharon Carnes, Family Express, Waste Management, Republic Services, Phart’s Phat Macs and Custom Cakes, Momma Sue’s Cafeteria and Catering, Overboard at the Marina, Arturo’s Baked Goods and More, Nora Schultz, Yacht Brite Detailing, and AIM Water. Finally, many thanks to Great American Cleanup 2016 sponsors Glad, Lowe's, Altria, BNSF and Dow. We couldn’t have done this without them!

La Porte County Solid Waste District, La Porte, IN

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“We gain a lot of ground when we both give a little, ain’t no road too long when you Meet in the Middle.” -Diamond Rio Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission (KMBBC) and Keep Warner Robins Beautiful (KWRB) launched the nationwide Great American Cleanup by hosting “Meet in the Middle,” a collaborative effort to clean Highway 247. The connecting state roadway is the daily route for more than 25,000 residents and visitors of Bibb and Houston Counties. KMMBC and KWRB were pleased when an estimated 75 volunteers attended a ceremony to kick off the program. Mayors Robert Reichert and Randy Toms welcomed volunteers and expressed appreciation to teams for their willingness to support beautification and litter eradication efforts. Guest speaker Sarah Visser, Executive Director of Keep Georgia Beautiful, commended the “… ground breaking and monumental efforts of neighboring communities willing to work together to help Keep Georgia Beautiful.” Following the ceremony, volunteers joined 29 teams and spent the day removing litter and debris from medians, roadways, bridges, and ditches along Highway 247. KMBBC and KWRB are proud to announce that 234 citizens from governments, corporations, businesses, organizations, and schools provided 729 hours to remove more than three tons of trash. Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, and GEICO provided corporate sponsorship; Advanced Disposal, Bibb and Houston County Law Enforcement Agencies, Choice Premiums, Macon Parks & Beautification, and Solid Waste Management provided services and in-kind support. WMGT Channel 41 and The Telegraph newspaper helped publicize the event. The purpose of this nationwide endeavor is to engage citizens to take pride in clean and beautiful surroundings. Locally, two communities joined forces to help residents and visitors enjoy a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful commute.

Keep Macon-Bibb/Warner Robins Beautiful, GA

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Keep Casper Beautiful had a very successful Arbor Day with UPS employee volunteers and students from University Park Elementary School. The tree planting and celebration had been delayed one week due to a spring snowstorm. But, Mother Nature provided a wonderful, 70 degree day for the volunteers. Students, UPS volunteers, and city arborists planted 20 trees in Eastdale Park. The park had lost 28 trees due to the Arctic Surge in 2014. The surge caused temperatures to plummet 70 degrees in one day, killing many trees that had not yet gone dormant for winter. Eastdale Park is one of many Casper parks that was hit hard by the surge. The UPS Foundation Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grants program allowed Keep Casper Beautiful to restore the urban forest in the park.

Keep Casper Beautiful, Casper, WY

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