Dave Cooper and George Schmidt are hoping to see a lot of people pitching in Saturday, Sept. 29, along East Dublin-Granville Road.

That would mean plenty of volunteers for the final cleanup in 2018 of the corridor, a longtime project of the Northland Area Business Association and its state Route 161 Task Force.

"It's very important because it's a long time between the end of September and the end of March," said Cooper, Northland Area Business Association president. "We want to get it as clean as possible."

Volunteers are urged to wear bright clothing and sturdy shoes or boots. They will meet at 9 a.m. at the Sharon Woods Plaza on the northwest corner of East Dublin-Granville Road and Sharon Woods Boulevard. After being issued bags, gloves, safety vests and tools provided by Keep Columbus Beautiful, the volunteers will collect trash from the shoulders of route 161 between Ponderosa Drive on the east and the Worthington city limits to the west, provided enough people turn out, said Schmidt, chairman of the state Route 161 Task Force.

The Happy Druggist Pharmacy will provide treats from Dunkin Donuts to volunteers. Schmidt said youths from the North YMCA will serve breakfast.

"The last turnout was low; I think we had 22," Cooper said. "Prior to that, we had been up in the 40s, so we're encouraging people to step forward. The more people we have, the more areas we can hit."

The stretch involved covers 3 1/2 miles, Cooper said.

"Where we've been lacking the numbers is we haven't had much turnout from the schools, the STEM clubs," Schmidt said.

He said he plans to work with advisers to the science, technology, engineering and math groups at both Northland and Beechcroft high schools to get students out Sept. 29, as well as about 19 people he has gotten to help care for landscape boxes in the median of the corridor.

"This is the way it goes every year," Schmidt said. "We get big numbers at the beginning of the year. We usually get a big turnout at the end of the year. It's making a huge difference. More and more I'm hearing from people how much better it looks."

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