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Saturday’s going to prove to be a challenging day for one of our community’s most important annual events — the Carroll County River Sweep.
River levels remain high because of the large amounts of rain that have fallen in the region. Add on top of that the temperature is projected to in the low 90s, so it’s hard to predict what the heat index will be that day.
Despite these challenges, I expect we will have more than 200 volunteers prepared to hit the banks of the Ohio River to rid it of debris and garbage that collects through the year as the river levels rise and decline.
Carroll County River Sweep, sponsored by Carrollton Main Street Program and North American Stainless, draws a crowd of more than 150 people each year to tackle the annual cleanup job. This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
River Sweep is a regional effort coordinated by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission. The project in Carroll County also receives support from Carroll County Fiscal Court, the Carroll County Detention Center, Dow Corning and the Community Advisory Panel.
The focus of this week’s cleanup project will be from Point Park to Dow Corning.
It’s easy to become a volunteer. Just show up at Point Park around 8:30 a.m. The Main Street Program will provide the bags and gloves that each participant needs, along with a free 2010 River Sweep t-shirt.
Those who take part will also receive a variety of prizes and chances to win more during the event. Each family taking part in River Sweep will have their choice of a gift from the Community Advisory Panel of Arkema and Dow Corning. The choices will include a fire extinguisher or a weather radio.
North American Stainless will also provide a gift for each person that turns out for the event. Adults will receive a golf umbrella and youngsters will receive a bag that includes a jump rope and yo-yo.
Everyone joining the effort will also have the chance to win some items that are considered “hot technology.”
Everyone will be entered into a drawing for a 16 GB Apple iPad that works with WiFi networks, such as the one in downtown Carrollton.
Participants will have the chance to win an iPod Touch, donated for the event by the Community Advisory Panel.
Youngsters in the community also have the opportunity to win savings bonds in the amount ranging from $300 to $100 for the River Sweep poster contest.
Judging for the posters will take place in three age categories — grades kindergarten through third, fourth grade through seventh and eighth through 12th grades. First place bond is $300, while second place is $200 and the third place winner gets a $100 bond.
Posters for judging must be turned in at Point Park by 8:30 a.m. (See complete rules of the contest on page 9.)
After all of the hard work is done along the banks of the Ohio River, there will be a free picnic lunch, sponsored by Dow Corning-Carrollton Site. The lunch will include hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and a soft drink.
Pitch in with your neighbors this week and help make a difference in our community’s beauty. Join the River Sweep effort on Saturday morning and we’ll all reap the rewards during the beautiful summer months ahead.
I hope to see you there.
Jeff Moore is publisher of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner and resides in Carrollton. He also serves as president of Carrollton Main Street Program.