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Help make Screven even cleaner

Screven County residents will have plenty to do during the “Earthstock – Celebrate Spring” event Saturday, with activities ranging from picking up trash to picking up bargains.

Keep Screven Beautiful is sponsoring the Great American Cleanup, encouraging residents to report to their local fire stations at 9 a.m. to pick up trash at an area of their own choosing, then gather at the Sylvania amphitheater at noon for lunch.

Also at the amphitheater, the Relay for Life community garage sale and the farmer’s market begin at 7:30 a.m. and last until midday.

A one-hour workshop on how to make a rain barrel begins at 10 a.m. at the amphitheater. A fee of $65 includes all the supplies needed for the project, including the barrel.

Last year, about 240 people took part in the cleanup, even though it rained that day, said Lisa Guidos, director of Keep Screven Beautiful. “Get some exercise and do some good,” she said.

Volunteers meet at their local fire stations and pick up T-shirts, trash bags, gloves and raffle tickets. They clean up an area that they choose, then bring the filled bags back to the fire stations to be weighed and discarded. They then are invited to go to the amphitheater, where their raffle tickets will buy them lunch and a chance to win prizes.

The community that picks up the most trash will win its name on a plaque that it can keep for a year, until next year’s winner gets to take it home, Guidos said. She called it a “friendly” competition.

The following local sponsors have helped fund this year's cleanup: City of Sylvania; Sylvania Rotary Club; AgSouth Farm Credit; City of Hiltonia; Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club; Farmers and Merchants Bank; Bank of Newington, Counts Counts Communications; Sharon Blank for a T-shirt design; Possum Eddy; Sylvania Yarn Systems; The Cotton Patch; Pampered Pet, BB&T; and Georgia Southern University.

Nationally, the Great American Cleanup takes place every year during March, April and May. This year, 3 million volunteers are expected to take part in 30,000 activities and workshops in more than 17,000 communities nationwide. 

The activities in Sylvania Saturday originally included an environmental movie, but that has been canceled.

And the Cail Community Center will not be a backup location in case of rain, as originally announced. There is no backup location in case of rain. “We’re hoping it won’t rain,” said Phyllis Butts, who represents Sylvania for Keep Screven Beautiful.

For more information about the cleanup, call Guidos at 978-1076, or go to the group’s Web site: www.keepscrevebeautiful.com.