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April 16, 2014

Leaders meet to plan Laurel River Lake Cleanup event

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Leaders involved in the annual Laurel River Lake Cleanup met Tuesday to plan for the event.

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at the Laurel Dam Beach Spillway. The event is an opportunity to help clean the shoreline of Laurel River Lake and will feature a free cookout for volunteers, as well as prizes for the most unusual piece of garbage found. However, due to a shortage of funding, Jason Nedlo with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service said there will be no T-shirts for volunteers this year.

“We encourage people to come,” PRIDE Field Representative Mark Davis said. “This is a fun, family-friendly event.”

According to Davis, last year’s group of volunteers collected about three tons of trash and 860 pounds of recyclable materials. The cleanup averages between 250 and 300 volunteers and will take place regardless of weather, although potentially dangerous weather may cause a redistribution of volunteers.

The cleanup is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Laurel County Fiscal Court, Whitley County Fiscal Court, the city of London, Holly Bay and Grove Marina, and London-Laurel County Tourism Commission.

For more information, contact the London Ranger District Office at 864-4163.

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