SPRING CLEAN­ING

Pride Day ac­tiv­i­ties set; late ad­di­tions wel­come

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Pay­erchin

Lo­rain County Pride Day prepa­ra­tions are just about com­plete.

How­ever, it still is pos­si­ble for last-minute com­mu­nity cleanerup­pers to get in on the ac­tion from 9 a.m. to noon, May 19.

More than 2,200 vol­un­teers are ex­pected to fan out across 24 com­mu­ni­ties for this year’s Pride Day, said Brandi Sch­nell, com­mu­nity outreach co­or­di­na­tor for the Lo­rain County Solid Waste Dis­trict.

That agency, over­seen by Lo­rain County Com­mis­sion­ers Lori Kokoski, Ted Kalo and Matt

“I think there’s a lot of pride out there and to just take a day to ex­press that and clean up an area, I think it’s great.” —Com­mis­sioner Lori Kokoski

Lundy, co­or­di­nates the county-wide spring clean­ing each year.

“I think there’s a lot of pride out there and to just take a day to ex­press that and clean up an area, I think it’s great,” Kokoski said. “I’m re­ally proud of the peo­ple that spend their time clean­ing up a neigh­bor­hood or a park or de­vel­op­ment, or do­ing their thing.”

The county works with com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tors who in turn keep track of the lo­cal projects, Sch­nell said.

Lo­rain County’s Pride Day has grown so large it is im­pos­si­ble for one per­son to get to every work site, she said.

As a re­sult, the com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tors file re­ports ex­plain­ing what hap­pened with their projects, Sch­nell said.

The tally of for­mal par­tic­i­pa­tion helps Lo­rain County ap­ply for fund­ing and sup­plies, she said.

Any­one who wants to find out in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity projects, can call Sch­nell at Lo­rain County Solid Waste on May 17 and May 18. The num­ber is 440-328-2249.

In 2017, Pride Day brought out 2,149 vol­un­teers in 21 com­mu­ni­ties.

They gath­ered 783 bags of lit­ter over 76.5 miles of roads, 140 acres of parks and 23 play­grounds.

Last year’s haul in­cluded 95 bags of plas­tic bot­tles, 107 bags of alu­minum cans and 520 tires for re­cy­cling, ac­cord­ing to Sch­nell’s fig­ures.

The county keeps a for­mal count of the projects be­cause the data helps in ap­ply­ing for fund­ing and sup­plies for fu­ture Pride Days, she said.

As of mid-af­ter­noon May 16, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­ni­ties had picked up their garbage bags, gloves, lit­ter grab­bers, bot­tled wa­ter and T-shirts from the Lo­rain County Col­lec­tion Cen­ter, 540 S. Abbe Road in Elyria.

Wil­liam J. Oliver, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant and zon­ing in­spec­tor for Carlisle Town­ship, said about 20 to 25 res­i­dents would par­tic­i­pate in that town­ship.

One project is to plant flow­ers around the town­ship fire sta­tion, Oliver said.

“Just spruce your neigh­bor­hood up,” he said.

Ober­lin held its first tire round-up in 2017 and col­lected 156 tires, said Lori Sprosty, re­cy­cling co­or­di­na­tor for the city.

Ober­lin will have an­other tire roundup May 19, Sprosty said, a re­cy­clable Sty­ro­foam drop off site runs through May 20 at Ace Hard­ware, 291 S. Main St. in Ober­lin.

The city of Lo­rain has about 350 vol­un­teers signed up to work at 24 sites around town, said Deputy Safety-Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Phil Dore, chief of staff to Mayor Chase Rite­nauer.

RICHARD PAY­ERCHIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

From left: Sh­effield Town­ship worker Paul Young, Brandi Sch­nell, com­mu­nity outreach co­or­di­na­tor for the Lo­rain County Solid Waste Dis­trict, and Lo­rain County Col­lec­tion Cen­ter worker Ge­orge Klo­cek, load Pride Day sup­plies for Sh­effield Town­ship on May 16, at the Col­lec­tion Cen­ter in Elyria.

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