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Clean Up to be held on May 18
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Rhonda Butler (left) of the county mayors office, and Chamber of Commerce Director Suzanne Williams display a Great American Clean Up banner.
The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County Executive’s office would like to invite residents across the county to participate in the DeKalb County Clean Up campaign on May 18.The event will be held in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful initiative going on across the country.This organization’s mission revolves around a core belief that beauty is a silent but powerful force that makes communities safer, healthier and more livable.Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Suzanne Williams would like to remind everyone that DeKalb County’s peak tourism season is about to begin, so now is a great time to start getting things spruced up for our coming visitors.“I think we are all aware of the value and importance of beautification in our communities to attract newcomers and tourists to our area and to maintain a stable and growing economy,” Wiliams said.To get a head start on clean up, dumpsters will be set up at highly visible and convenient locations a few days prior to the main event.Dumpster locations will be at the Dowelltown Community Center, Liberty Community Center, Alexandria City Parking Lot (behind the square), and the County Complex parking lot.County Executive Mike Foster said he encourages the entire community to participate.“We would like for people to come out and help clean our communities and roadways,” the mayor said.“Folks are welcome to pick their own locations to clean, or we will be glad to assign a safe place for each person to participate.”DeKalb Clean Up volunteers are asked to come to the county complex at 732 South Congress Boulevard in Smithville on May 18 between 9-10 a.m. to sign-in and pick up the provided trash bags, rubber gloves, and bottles of water.For early sign-up, you can stop by the Chamber offices, located in the Courthouse, Room 201, anytime during regular office hours by May 17 to pick up supplies.If stopping by is not convenient, call the Chamber office at 597-4163 to be counted as a DeKalb Clean Up volunteer -- just give your name and the general area where you will be working.Whether you’re beautifying your street, a highway, a park, ball field, a stream, or your own home, what a difference we can make through working together.

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