Organizers and volunteers are getting ready to clean up York County.
On Wednesday, March 26, Keep York Beautiful will provide an educational seminar for municipalities, community organizations and individuals who want to participate in the 2014 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.
The cleanup began on March 1 and continues through the end of May. During this period, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation district offices offer free trash bags, gloves and safety vests for registered cleanup events.
Keeping York beautiful: Last year, more than 1,200 York County volunteers cleaned up more than 62,000 pounds of trash and 16,226 tires, said Tom Smith, executive director of Keep York Beautiful.
"The more we do to help clean up, the better off we're all gonna be," he said.
Cleaning up also helped reduce mosquito concerns in 2013, which was the first time in the past eight years the county saw a decrease in mosquito populations and West Nile Virus, said Smith, the West Nile Virus Program administrator for Penn State Extension.
"It all hinges on what we do in the community," he said. "We're the ones who control what happens locally and how successful we are."
The event: The seminar will be offered during two one-hour sessions, at 3 and 7 p.m., at the York County Annex Building, 112 Pleasant Acres Road in Springettsbury Township.
They will be geared toward people who have ideas to help the community, as well as municipalities and organizations looking for volunteers to sign up for cleanup events around the county, Smith said.
Volunteer events are still being organized, and some have been pushed back because of all the snow this winter, he said.
One city-wide cleanup event is set for Saturday, April 12, in York City, which has hosted a cleanup for at least six or seven years, Smith said.
The seminar will try to gauge how many people and organizations want to participate in this year's cleanup and beautification events, which clearly have a big impact, he said.
"All this definitely helps," Smith said.
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