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Locals Show Pride During the Great American Cleanup

Story: Gainesville Times – Brandee A. Thomas

No one can do it all, but everyone can do something will be the mantra this weekend all over Hall County.

Keep Hall Beautiful has organized an unprecedented three, simultaneous cleanups for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14. The events will take place in Oakwood, Flowery Branch and Lula as a part of the Great American Cleanup.

“The Great American Cleanup is a national event put on by Keep America Beautiful. They encourage their affiliates to work with community groups to do different cleanup projects,” said Cindy Reed, Keep Hall Beautiful executive director.

“In 2011, they had around 4 million volunteers and more than 30,000 events taking place in more than 16,000 communities nationwide.”

The Lula cleanup will be focused on roadsides. Participants are to meet at the Historic Lula Train Depot.

Flowery Branch volunteers will also be meeting at their city’s Historic Train Depot before beautifying nearby roadsides and streams.

“We supply everything the volunteers need,” Reed said.

“We have trash bags, gloves and a few pickers in case someone has issues with bending over. We’ll also have some vests to keep people safe.”

In Oakwood, folks will be meeting at city hall before dispersing to cleanup the roadsides and streams in the area.

That cleanup will be held in conjunction with an electronics recycling and paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood City Hall.

“People can bring all of their sensitive documents and they’ll be shredded right there in front of them,” Reed said. “They can also bring in all of their old electronics for recycling. The only thing we charge for is TVs. There’s a $10 charge for those.

“It’s open to everyone. Not just Hall County residents.”

Great American Cleanup Events

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

• Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle, Oakwood: Roadside and stream cleanup; electronics recycling and paper shredding

• Historic Train Depot, Corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street, Flowery Branch: Roadside and stream cleanup

• Historic Lula Train Depot: Roadside cleanup

Contact: 770-531-1102

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