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Approximately 2,500 volunteers are expected to take part in Bulloch County's Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 14 to help clean up litter throughout the county.
    "The Great American Cleanup continues to offer an opportunity for people to participate in making Bulloch County cleaner, greener, safer and more attractive place to live," said Jimmy High, president of the Keep Bulloch Beautiful Commission. "This event builds community pride in everyone who takes part in it."
    Bulloch County's event will be one of 30,000 Great American Cleanup events taking place during the spring across the United States.
    More than 60 teams have already registered to participate, with most of those conducting roadside pickups. Other teams will be cleaning up the stream banks and making improvements to downtown areas in their respective communities.
    Also, Bulloch and Screven County residents will "meet at the bridge" after cleaning litter from the banks of the Ogeechee River and on each side of Highway 301 as a symbol of cooperation between the two counties.
    Betsy Milsap, mayor of Register, said the event brings the community together each year.
    "Everyone in our town participates in this event and it's a chance for us to show our children the importance of community service and involvement," she said.
    Brooke Carney, director of Keep Bulloch Beautiful, said the Great American Cleanup said in order to have enough supplies for volunteers, those interested in participating need to register prior to April 14.
    "We want to reward the volunteers and make sure they have fun," Carney said. "Each Cleanup headquarters will have supplies, t-shirts, water and food for volunteers."
    In Statesboro, volunteers will meet at the Honey Bowen Building while in Register, volunteers will gather at the Community Center. In Brooklet and Portal, the meeting point is at their respective City Halls. The event begins at 8 a.m.
    Last year's Cleanup collected 28,000 pounds of litter while having 1,983 volunteers.
    Carney said this year's co-chairmen of the Cleanup, Statesboro Police Chief Stan York and Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson, have been very supportive, making appearances at civic organizations with her as well as recording radio commercials promoting the cleanup.
    "It's a pretty strong symbol to show law enforcement and Keep Bulloch Beautiful working together on the litter issue," Carney said.
     For more information or to register, call Carney at (912) 764-6147.
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