May 10, 2009 - Great American Clean Up 2009 in Blairsville, Georgia
Saturday morning was a planned workday for many people in Blairsville, Georgia. On May 9th , business owners, families, the Blairsville Garden Club, the Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville, the Mayor's office, the Union County Commissioner's office, the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, the Union County Historical Society, and other volunteers worked to spruce up Downtown Blairsville as part of the annual Great American Clean-up.
People pitched in all over town. Volunteers were seen bagging leaves on Blue Ridge Street, picking up trash on Earnest Street, mulching the City Hall perennial beds, weeding established green spaces, digging out old dirt, adding fresh potting soil, and planting flowers in every available island, pot, and barrel.
According to one volunteer, "This is a fun and rewarding event. We work together then stand back and see immediate results. As the summer gets underway, we watch as things fill in and really start blooming. It's amazing what gets done in less than two hours when all the different groups work toward a common goal."
According to the Keep America Beautiful website, "The Great American Cleanup (the nation's largest community improvement program) takes place annually from March 1 through May 31 and involves an estimated 3 million volunteers. These hardworking volunteers donated more than 6.7 million hours in 2008 to clean, beautify and improve more than 17,000 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states. Activities include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events."
May 17, 2008 - Great American Clean Up in downtown Blairsville
The Union County Commissioner's Office, several Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce staff members, the Mayor's Office, the Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville board members, Blairsville Home Depot associates, business owners, husbands, wives, kids, and other Union County residents recently participated in Blairsville's 2nd Annual Great American Clean-Up.
Everyone met on Saturday morning to help spruce up the town. Volunteers worked for only a couple of hours but accomplished a lot. Flowers were planted, garbage was picked up, old leaves were hauled away, and public benches got a new coat of varnish. Locations all around the square were improved with attractive plants, new mulch, and a good watering. Blairsville received a much appreciated spring revitalization.
The Great American Clean-Up is the nation's largest community improvement program. Now in its 24th year, more than 30,000 events are planned in more than 15,000 communities.Many hard working groups, business owners, and individuals help to make our hometown the best! Blairsville, Georgia is a great destination. It's the City of Mountains !
Blairsville Participates in the Great American Clean Up
Approximately 35 people recently met at Blairsville's City Hall to participate in the Great American Clean Up. The event was organized on a local level by the Union County Commissioner's Office, the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Blairsville, and the Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville.
Volunteers worked for less than two hours but accomplished a lot. Drawings of flowerbeds were provided by Caroline Glenn, DDA Design Committee Chairperson. "Caroline has worked hard to design the plantings," says committee member, Carol McKenckie. "She knows right where every plant should go." Many folks contributed their time and materials to make the event a success.
Flowers were planted, large beds were spruced up, and trash was picked up and removed. The event ended with music on the square provided by local band, Highway 76. Volunteers were literally dancing in the street. "It feels good to see something like this in our community," said one local lady. "The square looks much better and as the flowers grow and fill in, it will be beautiful."
Janet Hartman, Downtown Development Authority Program Manager, was pleased with the turn-out. She extended thanks to all the individuals and organizations that helped make the event possible. Hartman then introduced Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley and Union County Commissioner Lamar Paris who also took the opportunity to thank people for helping spruce up the town.
"Everyone deserves to live in a community environment that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful, and we all have a role to play in achieving this goal," say leaders of the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program. Now in its 23rd year, more than 30,000 events are planned in more than 15,000 communities. Activities include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter and removing scrap tires, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.
According to the Keep America Beautiful website, "The 2006 Great American Cleanup produced phenomenal results with over 228 million pounds of litter and debris collected; more than 2.5 million scrap tires and 37 million plastic (PET) bottles removed from the waste stream; 10,000 illegal dump sites cleaned; 38.5 million pounds of aluminum and steel recycled; over 5.5 million trees, flowers and bulbs planted and more than 6,000 miles of rivers, lakes and shorelines cleaned by the strength of over 2 million volunteers." When the 2007 results come in, Blairsville volunteers can be proud to say that they participated in the Great American Cleanup.