City and county announce the 2007 Great American Cleanup in Winnebago County

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott H. Christiansen, City of Rockford Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey and Winnebago/Rockford Clean and Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow announced the kick-off for the Great American Clean-up in Winnebago County to be held Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon in celebration of Earth Day. This is a collaborative effort among Winnebago County, the City of Rockford and Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful.

In response to the release of a litter index that rated the Rockford area as “slightly littered,” local leaders decided to enhance the Great American Cleanup efforts that Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful has coordinated for the past seven years. As a nationally-organized anti-littering campaign, the Great American Cleanup has grown to become a catalyst of real change for community improvement and beautification, becoming the nation’s single largest community improvement program.

Kick-off for the Great American Cleanup in Winnebago County

“One of our goals is to help instill civic involvement and community pride by keeping our communities clean and as litter free as possible. We want this to be more than a one-time event but an ongoing process; we appreciate all of the citizens who make keeping our county clean a priority,” stated Chairman Christiansen.

“We strive for Excellence Everywhere in the City of Rockford. This means we must continually cleanup our community, and the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, provides us yet another perfect opportunity to get involved. I am thankful for all of the community volunteers that keep our city clean,” stated Mayor Larry Morrissey.

The cleanup day is a countywide effort that involves citizens from all of the villages, municipalities, townships, and service organizations in Winnebago County. Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. First St., Rockford, will serve as the central location for volunteers to pick up supplies such as gloves, trash bags and tongs. Supplies will also be available at four other regional locations, including: Harlem Township Town Hall, 819 Melbourne Ave., Machesney Park; Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main St., Rockton; Cherry Valley Village Hal, 806 E. State St., Cherry Valley; and New Milford Village Hall, 6771 11th St., Rockford, and the Winnebago County Highway Department at 424 N. Springfield Ave., Rockford. Volunteers are asked to pick up supplies between 8 and 9 a.m. at the various locations listed. Volunteers can pick up litter at the location of their choosing, or locations will be provided. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. First St., Rockford, to all volunteers.

“Having volunteers blanket Winnebago County on the same day will have quite an impact,” said Lori Gummow, Executive Director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful. “Participating in the Great American Cleanup is also a great way to honor Earth Day.”

This cleanup effort is also being supported by regional leaders, Mayor Darryl Lindberg, City of Loves Park; Mayor Linda Vaughn, Village of Machesney Park; President Dale Adams, Village of Rockton; Mayor Randy Kirichkow, City of South Beloit; President Gary Haughton, Village of Durand; and President Bonnie Beard, Village of New Milford.

Cooperating partners in this year’s Great American Cleanup in Winnebago County include Winnebago County, the City of Rockford, Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. Supporting sponsors include Behr Iron & Steel, GTD of Illinois and Pepsi.

Organizations, groups or individuals wishing to participate in the 2007 Great American Cleanup can call Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful at 815-637-1343 to sign-up.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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