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Volunteers needed for park, road cleanups

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Two Northland groups are calling on volunteers to help with community cleanups this Saturday.

The Northland Community Council is organizing a joint cleanup of Cleveland Avenue and state Route 161 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to meet behind the Jiffy Lube at 1800 E. Dublin-Granville Road.

Volunteers will focus on removing litter on state Route 161 from Sinclair Road to Ponderosa Drive and on Cleveland Avenue from Morse Road to state Route 161.

NCC beautification committee chairman Steve Thompson said he expects a full turnout, since the Ohio State football game that day is a night game, giving fans plenty of time to help with the cleanup and enjoy the game.

"There should be no excuse not to come out and help that day," Thompson said.

The Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT) also will conduct a cleanup on Saturday, at Cooper Park, near the corner of Cooper and Westerville roads.

David Roseman, of FACT, said volunteers are asked to meet at the shelter house at 9 a.m.

Volunteers will remove honeysuckle throughout the park and will collect litter along the recreational trail that runs through park, Roseman said.

"This will be a lot of heavy-duty pick-up," he said.

Community volunteers will be joining boy scouts and students from Otterbein College and Columbus and Westerville schools in cleaning the park. For both cleanups, volunteers are reminded to wear sturdy footwear. Trash bags, gloves and pick-up tools will be provided.

Roseman said those willing to do heavier work at Cooper Park are welcome to bring pruners, long-handled shovels and chainsaws. Pizza and subs will be catered for volunteers at Cooper Park.

For more information about NCC's cleanup, call Thompson at (614) 478-8469 or e-mail sthomp7890@ aol.com.

For more information , call FACT Watershed Coordinator Kimberly Williams at (614) 409-0511, e-mail kwilliams@ friendsofalumcreek.org, or visit the FACT Web site, www.friendsofalumcreek.org.

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