The ongoing effort to keep one of Northland's main corridors from becoming a trash-strewn eyesore has a new volunteer coordinator.

The ongoing effort to keep one of Northland's main corridors from becoming a trash-strewn eyesore has a new volunteer coordinator.

Lesa Brugger of the Ravine Condominiums recently volunteered to help in rounding up volunteers for the Northland Community Cleanup Day on state Route161 events, the first of which for this year is scheduled for Saturday, April 2.

Presented by the landscaping and beautification committee of the Northland Community Council, with the support of Keep Columbus Beautiful, the Northland Area Business Association and NABA's state Route 161 Task Force, the Cleanup Days involve collecting trash and debris from the shoulders and culverts along East Dublin Granville Road between Interstate 71 and Ponderosa Drive.

"Everyone has a vested interest in this," Brugger said last week. "I don't know anyone within the northeast area of Columbus who doesn't."

Participants in the litter-collection efforts, the next of which is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, meet at the Sharon Woods Center behind the Jiffy Lube at 1800 E. Dublin Granville Road, then head out to make their mark between 9 a.m. and noon. Keep Columbus Beautiful provides bags, gloves, safety vests and pickup tools. Volunteers are urged to wear bright clothes and sturdy, waterproof shoes.

The state Route 161 Task Force also supplements the city's mowing of the median in that same area, so the trash pickups keep such material from being shredded.

Dave Cooper, chairman of the task force, hopes the first cleanup of 2011 will set the tone for the rest of the year.

"Usually, this is our busiest one, just because of winter, and we usually have a pretty good turnout in terms of volunteers," Cooper said.

"It's imperative that we have a good turnout," Brugger said.

By the same token, she added, there will be other opportunities to pitch in.

"If you can't get this one, May 7 is right around the corner," Brugger said. "There will always be trash, so we can always use the help. Any and every available hand is welcome."

Having recently left a job with a local bank, Brugger said she was looking for ways to become more involved in her community. After attending a meeting of the state Route 161 Task Force, pitching in to recruit more help for the Northland Community Cleanup Day program seemed like a good way to do just that.

"I'm glad to have her help," Cooper said. "I have no problem with her stepping up to the plate and doing that."

After being provided with business cards by Cooper's Ink Well business, Brugger said she has been approaching local civic associations, churches, schools and any other organization she can think of to try to increase turnout for the trash- and debris-removal days.

"Reaching out to them and seeing if they would like to support us in beautifying state Route 161," she said.

The volunteer coordinator added that she has begun seeking to get local business owners, particularly those along the commercial corridor, to provide gift certificates as a means of rewarding the people who help out on the cleanup days.

Those interested in participating in that program may contact Brugger at 614-599-5411. Her e-mail address is

In scheduling the second Community Cleanup Day for May 7, just over a month after the first one, Cooper said he was seeking not to compete with two other major events the following weekend, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Y Walk Northland Wellness and Media Fair being put on by the North Side Health Advisory Committee.