KCNB host­ing lit­ter pick­ups

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Tak­ing their lead from Ma­jor League Base­ball, mem­bers of Keep Cov­ing­ton/Newton Beau­ti­ful are hav­ing their own Spring Train­ing this year.

The group is host­ing a few smaller lit­ter pick­ups over the next three months in prepa­ra­tion for the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup, an an­nual county-wide cleanup ef­fort that will take place March 29 this year.

The first Spring Train­ing lit­ter pickup will take start at 9 a.m., March 25 at the Cov­ing­ton Y Out­door Center, 200 Stone Road, Ox­ford. Keep Cov­ing­ton/Newton Beau­ti­ful (KCNB) board Chair­man Sara Vin­son and Trea­surer Ginny Butcher will give out trash bags, gloves and vests to at­ten­dees and lead the lit­ter pickup along Ga. High­way 142 North un­til 11 a.m.

Vol­un­teers only need to show up at the des­ig­nated meet­ing places, they don’t need to reg­is­ter or call to sign up, KCNB Di­rec­tor Lau­rie Ri­ley said. Vol­un­teers should wear bright col­ors for road­side vis­i­bil­ity, Ri­ley said.

The sec­ond sched­ule Spring Train­ing pickup will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Tues­day, Feb. 4 along Brown Bridge

along Brown Bridge Road; it will be led by Kim Dy­long. The third pickup will be from 4-6 p.m., March 4 on Al­covy Road and will be led by Tom Brown and Leslie Latham. Other events may be sched­uled later; Ri­ley said up­dates on the cur­rent events and new events will be posted on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Face­book page and at kcnb.biz.

“We are ex­cited that our board mem­bers want to get a jump on clean­ing up lit­ter!” Ri­ley said in a press re­lease. “We are plan­ning for our big Great Amer­i­can Cleanup in March, but we know that this time of the year is tra­di­tion­ally the worst for lit­ter, and we want to go ahead and get some vol­un­teers out to pick it up now.”

She said lit­ter is gen­er­ally worse af­ter the Christ­mas hol­i­day, and with the weather be­ing bad, prison crews haven’t been out as of­ten pick­ing up trash be­cause of strict reg­u­la­tions.

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