Earth Day prepa­ra­tions in mo­tion

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Earth Day in Queen Anne’s County has taken the form of Earth Week­end the past few years as Queen Anne’s County dives head first into a three-day com­mu­nity clean-up ef­fort be­gin­ning April 21 to rid se­lected roads and parks from trash.

The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers are once again spear­head­ing the county’s ef­fort to make the com­mu­nity free of waste.

To help the trash col­lec­tion, com­mu­nity mem­bers are asked to se­lect a road, school, park or com­mu­nity and in­form Pub­lic Works per­son­nel of the area res­i­dents plan to clean. Free gloves, trash bags and re­flec­tive vets are avail­able for pickup at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions be­gin­ning April 7: Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, 312 Safety Drive, Centreville; county finance of­fice, 107 N. Lib­erty Street, Centreville; Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Zon­ing, 110 Vincit Street, Centreville; Kent Is­land Li­brary, 200 Li­brary Cir­cle, Stevensville; Centreville Li­brary, 121 S. Com­merce Street, Centreville; and the Ch­e­sa­peake Her­itage and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 425 Piney Nar­rows Road, Ch­ester.

Res­i­dents are asked to leave filled trash bags at the cor­ner of the road se­lected so pickup crews know where to gather the waste. Refuse will be col­lected by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works on Mon­day, April 23, be­gin­ning at noon.

All in­di­vid­u­als, groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual trash col­lec­tion ef­fort.

But the county’s clean up ef­fort does not in­clude just prop­erly dis­pos­ing of waste in the en­vi­ron­ment, as all Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools will com­pete against one an­other in cre­at­ing a 15 sec­ond Earth Day video. One video per school will be se­lected de­pict­ing ways to pro­mote and cel­e­brate Earth Day.

Once schools sub­mit their aware­ness videos, the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works will post the clips on its Face­book page for vot­ing from April 2 through 16. The video that re­ceives the most “likes” in the three ed­u­ca­tion lev­els — ele­men­tary, mid­dle and high school — will be crowned the win­ner, which will be an­nounced on April 18.

Other than recog­ni­tion at the April 24 county com­mis­sion meet­ing in Centreville, the win­ning schools at each level will re­ceive a ban­ner to be dis­played stat­ing “Best Idea for Earth Day 2018.”

Schools look­ing to par­tic­i­pate are asked to con­tact Con­nie Toul­son, re­cy­cling co­or­di­na­tor, by phone at 410-758-0925 or by email at ctoul­son@qac.org. Schools are asked to email Toul­son its fin­ished video.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to se­lect a road to clean, con­tact CleanUp@qac.org, the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works Roads Di­vi­sion at 410-758-0920, or on Face­book at Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Works. You can also visit any of the six lo­ca­tions hand­ing sup­plies out to sign up for a spe­cific area to clean.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @ mike_k­ibay­times.

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