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Earth Day cleanup to cap week of work

Renew Our Rivers has seen more success than anyone could have ever imagined. Saturday its success will be supplemented with another annual celebration in the ninth annual Earth Day.

Saturday sign ups for participation will begin at 1 p.m. with activities planned all day. Earth Day Chairman Amy Duckett said prizes would be given away soon after the signups.

“We will have door prizes at 2 p.m.,” Duckett said. “We will have $650 to give away.

We have four categories we will be giving prizes to.”

Along with prizes, there would be entertainment. Duckett said a well known name will make an appearance.

“Fran Jackson, who has been at the Bluebird Caf/ four times and a local band called Dazed will be playing,” Duckett said. “Jackson will perform from 9:30 until 11:30 or noon.”

Earth Day in Demopolis has seen lots of success in the past. In 2003 alone participants were able to gather 958 bags of trash in only six hours. Duckett said the program has come a long way since its humble beginnings.

“It started out with a poster on a dumpster at Wal Mart and has grown from there,” Duckett said. “Now with Alabama Power beside me it makes a huge difference. I know that there is somebody with me. It really makes it a lot easier when you know there is someone there standing beside you.”

Duckett said the support she has received has made it much easier to get out and get motivated.

“With Bob McCants and Amanda Hall behind me there is a lot more motivation,” Ducket said.

“I don’t feel like I am out there by myself trying to get people involved. Amanda actually did the first Earth Day and now we are working together. That is great.”

The program has grown in leaps and bounds through the years and with the Renew Our Rivers campaign Duckett expects the numbers to swell again this year. Duckett said their goal is to get to the waste before it enters the river system.

“This is another part of Renew Our Rivers,” Duckett said. “We are trying to get to it before it gets to the river. We are trying to keep some of this stuff from getting into the river system.”

Those who would like to participate may contact Duckett at 216-1144.