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4/23/2019 4:00:00 AM
Earth Day--And Beyond
Earth Day was Monday--but you may have missed it

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, chose as the theme for 2019 "Protect Our Species," intending to call attention to the species on the planet that are becoming extinct every year and to encourage efforts to protect threatened and endangered species.

Previous year's efforts have focused on plastic pollution (2018) and climate change (2017).  

Not necessarily related to Earth Day, Catawba County scheduled Litter Sweep efforts for this past Saturday and this coming Saturday.  The cleanup at Riverbend Park that had been scheduled for Saturday (April 20th) was cancelled because of weather, but two events are planned for this weekend.  

The City of Conover’s event will be held Saturday at Conover City Park, 361 5th Ave SE in Conover, from 9AM until noon. Volunteers are asked to meet at the park’s shelter between 8AM-9AM to pick up supplies. Prizes will be awarded for the most unusual litter collected, and lunch will be served. For more information or to register for this event, call Joy Heller at 828-464-1191.

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The City of Newton’s event takes place Saturday 8:30 - 12:30 at Westside Jaycee Park on West J Street in Newton. Volunteers can pick up supplies between 8:30-9:00, and lunch will be served. For more information or to register for this event, contact Alex Fulbright at 828-695-4326.

Both events are being coordinated by Keep Catawba County Beautiful, the local chapter of Keep America Beautiful,  a nonprofit organization promoting responsible behavior regarding littering, recycling, solid waste management and beautification. To learn more about the chapter and its activities, visit the Keep Catawba County Beautiful Facebook page or call Executive Director Amanda Kain at 828-465-8217.

On Saturday May 4th from 9AM-1PM, Catawba County will have its semi-annual Hazardous Waste Collection at the Government Center in Newton, collecting hazardous materials brought in by Catawba County residents.

In Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Soil and Water District hosted an early Earth Day celebration on Saturday April 13th at Tractor Supply Company on N. Generals Blvd. The event featured free shredding, a medicine drop and information booths staffed by various organizations.

Lincoln County residents are invited to participate in county-wide cleanup and beautification events on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday April 28yj, and on Saturday, May 11th, as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program, which takes place annually in an estimated 20,000 communities nationwide, between the first day of Spring (March 20, 2019) and the first day of Summer (June 21, 2019).
Keep Lincoln County Beautiful became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful on February 15th.  The organization's mission is to educate, inspire, and empower the community to improve the environment through beautification, litter prevention, and recycling.
Keep Lincoln County Beautiful has provided NCDOT a list of recommended roads for NCDOT to clean up (two in each of the five townships) which don't conflict with the roads that KLCB has already cleaned up or that KLCB plans to clean up.
To volunteer for the event this weekend, contact Keep Lincoln County Beautiful President Patty Korn, 704-451-7313,, Executive Director Jeanette Johnson, 704-479-2058, jjohnson@, or Payton Velligan,
Also planned is KLCB's Lake Norman Spring Cleanup on Saturda, May 11th.
Boat owners and volunteers are needed to help clean up Lake Norman islands that day.  
The annual event seeks to clean up the islands, shoreline, and lake before the summer boating season.  The inclement weather date is Saturday May 18.

Boats will leave Beatty's Ford Park boat access at 8AM. All boats must return by noon. Boats can also depart from other areas, such as boat owners’ home docks, if desired.

Volunteers who prefer to stay on land can help clean up Beatty's Ford Park, Little Creek Boat access, Rock Springs Nature Preserve, the walking trails at Sally's Y, etc.

To volunteer, please contact Patty Korn,, 704-451-7313.

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