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Alpena County Dems clean up trash in honor of Earth Day

Courtesy Photos A volunteer throws trash into a dumpster on Hamilton Road during a cleanup day on Saturday, April 24.
Above are three high school volunteers, Kate Skiba, Jade Gray, and Allie DeRocher, who participated in a cleanup day on Saturday, April 24, organized by the Alpena County Democratic Party. Missing from the photo is Maddie Linton, another high school volunteer who came to help out.
Here are more volunteers, including the youngest volunteer, Mia Hainstock, age 4, and her mom, Erica Hainstock.
Here is a dumpster full of trash collected.

In commemoration of Earth Day, the Alpena County Democratic Party recently conducted a cleanup of several county areas containing littered trash or illegal dump sites. The cleanup was held on Saturday, April 24.

Cleanups took place on Piper Road, a section of Hamilton Road, sections of Woodward Avenue, Bloom Road and Long Lake Avenue, an empty lot on the M-32 corridor, and Rockport State Recreation area.

In all, 46 volunteers participated in this Earth Day event and participants ranged in age from 4 to 78. Students from preschool through college age worked alongside members from the Alpena County Democratic Party and other community members. The cleanup project included coordinating assistance from the DNR, Friends of Rockport organization and the Clean Forest organization who donated two dumpsters used for collection and removal of trash and illegally dumped items.

Volunteers filled two 20-yard dumpsters with trash collected from these sites.

Organizers were pleased with the turnout and community support.

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