Reynoldsburg News

Community cleanup day

Volunteers needed to help with annual city event


Community Clean-Up Day is coming up in Reynoldsburg, where residents can haul in boxes of papers to shred, get replacements for old or cracked recycling bins, drop off old batteries and appliances, or participate in various cleanup activities.

The day marks the start of the city's annual Community Clean-Up Week, which will be held June 1-9. Garage sales are allowed free with no permit required during the week.

Volunteers -- whether individuals, families or groups -- are needed to help with clean-up activities throughout the city June 1. They should show up between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 1 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

Reynoldsburg school students participated in a contest in March to design a poster for Clean-Up Day. Volunteers at the Municipal Building will be given bags bearing that design.

The grand prize winner of the 2013 poster contest is McKayla Banner from Rosehill Elementary School.

Other poster contest winners are: Olivia Dersoon, Rosehill Elementary; Reese Dickenson, Herbert Mills Elementary; Miya Petty, Slate Ridge Elementary; Adam Ponder, Herbert Mills Elementary; Avery Waddell, French Run Elementary; Connor Bell, Slate Ridge Elementary; Julie Haley, Slate Ridge Elementary; Makiya Mille, Slate Ridge Elementary; Isaiah Thompson, Kiddee Academy.

Mary Hudson, from the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau, said Clean-Up Day on June 1 is one of the biggest events of the year for the city.

"It is an award-winning campaign that we have had for eight years," she said.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1, residents will be able to take advantage of the following at the Municipal Building:

* The city will provide document shredding by Cintas, with a limit of five boxes.

* Red recycling bins may be exchanged if an old bin is cracked or damaged.

* Community Computer Alliance will dispose of unwanted electronics (no televisions accepted).

* Batteries Plus will accept unwanted batteries, including automotive and rechargeable batteries.

* Appliances may be dropped off to be disposed of by Lowe's.

* Old, broken or unwanted bicycles may be dropped off.

Also during that time, residents may donate new and used home goods and building materials to Habitat for Humanity. Information about what items are acceptable is available by calling 614-RESTORE (737-8673).

Boy Scout Troop 277 will properly dispose of old, damaged flags.

Also in June

Other June events in Reynoldsburg include Pioneer Day and the American Girl Tea Series, both sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

The American Girl Tea Series will feature American Girl Doll Josefina Montoya at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road.

Children and collectors of the dolls will be taught basic Spanish words and phrases and participate in crafts and activities that teach about life on the southwestern frontier in 1824. There is a $15 fee for residents and a $20 fee for non-residents. People interested in registering for the tea series should call 614-322-6806.

Pioneer Day is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Livingston House.

Visitors are invited to "step back in time" to learn about life in early Ohio.

Mary Beth Sills, from Parks and Recreation, said during this free event, children and adults will be able to do laundry on a washboard, whitewash fence rails, dip candles, churn butter, make whistles and more.

Sills said the day is "a great way for the entire family to spend a Saturday afternoon together while learning about American life during the 1800s."

For more information, call the department at 614-322-6806.