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Dresden Shines- the Spring Edition: Operation Clean Sweep
Earth Week, April 18-24, 2021- Community Volunteers aim for a Clean Sweep of Dresden
DRESDEN, March 25, 2021
Lynda Weese, Dresden and District Horticultural Society Secretary, and long-time organizer of Dresden pitch-in and clean-ups is asking the entire community to step up this year during Earth Week, 2021. “Operation Clean Sweep will focus on engaging community volunteers to clean up parks, public spaces, sidewalks and our rural roadways. We have mapped the public spaces and will ask community members to take on clean up responsibility for various areas,” Lynda explained.
Respect for the environment and beautification of the community have long been guiding principles for the Dresden and District Horticultural Society, commented President Liz Kominek. Liz explained that this year’s Earth Day theme is “Restore the Earth”, and that “while our primary focus will be on public areas, we’ll be encouraging neighbourhoods throughout town to start at home and pick up trash and litter on their local streets and sidewalks, being respectful of private property.”
The organizers hope that by encouraging local participation in Operation Clean Sweep, the community will “Make Every Day Earth Day” and continue to make a concerted effort to reduce the amount of litter throughout the year.
Dresden Community Booster, Cindy Brewer continued “Dresden Shines when Dresden works together. I know the people of Dresden, and volunteering, caring and love of their community is in their heart. Dresden always rises to the challenge.” 2020, despite its difficulties, was a stellar year for volunteers in Dresden- just look at the success of the May 16 Miracle, The Gift, Dresden Shines and of course, the Terry Fox Run, Brewer added.
The Rotary Club of Dresden is excited to be part of this undertaking. Co-Presidents of the Rotary Club, Rose Northcott and Stuart Kiar explained: “During Earth Week, 2021, Rotarians- American and Canadian alike- from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River will be participating in the Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Initiative to clean up their communities. Together, acting locally and thinking globally, we all can make a big impact on the health of our communities, waterways and wildlife.”
Organizers stressed that all activity would involve Covid safety protocols.
More information will be available on Facebook, Instagram (@DresdenShines) and on www.dresden.ca. Anyone interested in volunteering can email email@example.com.