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Neighborhood Volunteers Target Roadsides This Weekend

Miller’s Landing donates grand prize

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Volunteers with Keep Our Mountains Beautiful (KOMB) will be rolling up their collective sleeves at Roadside Litter Cleanup day on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. until noon.

If you choose to participate as well, every time you fill and return a trash bag, you’ll be awarded a ticket for the day’s grand-prize drawing.

(In back, Linda Shepler, Sandee Scott, Mike Nolen, MJ Brent and Susan Brent. From left to right on bottom — Sonja Mazaira and her daughter (in her lap) Zoe, Judy Linda Horn and Susie Tomlinson.)
The grand prize is a gift certificate for a six-hour outing on a 13-passenger party boat, donated by Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake. Other prizes will be awarded as winning tickets are drawn.

Residents ready to pitch in to tidy up their own towns can pick up empty trash bags from KOMB volunteers at the North Fork Post Office, the Teepee in Coarsegold near Highway 41 and Road 415, and the library parking lot in Oakhurst.

Bags are also available between 8 and 9 a.m. from a KOMB volunteer at the Park ‘n Ride on Road 200 and Highway 41, and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Bass Lake Realty.

Volunteer Sandee Scott says the group has been meeting and organizing two clean-ups a year since 2007. Their mission is to promote responsible stewardship of the land and resources of Eastern Madera County.

“We promote a litter-free environment, we want people to increase recycling and improve waste management, and we want to improve and beautify our environment,” Scott says. “It’s hard to drive anywhere without seeing trash and litter strewn around.”

Groups from schools, churches, sports teams and Scout troops are encouraged to participate.Last year, 26 volunteers put in 62 hours to collect 52 large bags of trash.

“It’s a good training for families who want to volunteer and take their kids out for a clean-up, but it’s not recommended for younger kids” who might not be safe along a busy road, Scott said.

The group is determined to clean up trash on the roads and get rid of graffiti, too. KOMB is willing to send a speaker to local groups who want more information.

For Roadside Litter Cleanup information, contact Sandee Scott at 760-1058 or Judy Linda at 877-2361.

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