Bay Village Waterways Cleanup has record turnout

Now in it sixth year, the Bay Village Waterways Clean-up on May 19 saw the best attendance ever. The weather was picture perfect for more than 100 adults and children that turned out to help clean up Bay waterways.

Mrs. Eryn Sutterlin, Bay High School teacher and sponsor of Project Earth Club, announced that the participants covered four areas of Bay Village including Cahoon Creek, Bay Boat Club, Columbia Park and the Lake Erie shoreline east of Porter Creek, where each group collected bottles, scrap metal, tires, plastic, Styrofoam and more.The city provided trash bags and gloves for use in picking up debris.

The Bay Village Green Team, Boy and Girl Scouts and Bay High School students were joined by community volunteers to make this one of the best attended clean up days ever. Some of the volunteers even took a minute to help the Sea Scouts at Bay Boat Club toward their goal of a world record for the most people wearing life jackets at one time.

Student Village Foundation trustees Jaimie Kerka, Nathan Notarbernadito, Alec Tobin and Megan Ziedler planned and delivered lunch – funded by the Village Foundation – for the hungry crowd afterwards at Bay Middle School.  

The Village Foundation began the Clean-up Day program in 2006 with the help of Bay's city services department and with the support of Mayor Deborah Sutherland. Village Foundation trustees, families, students and several Boy Scout troops joined in the initial effort.

Shortly thereafter, Mayor Sutherland founded the Green Team and the members of that group have participated every year since. The Green Team has been invaluable to the success of the project, emphasizing the importance of identifying and removing garlic mustard from the environment. Many land managers consider it to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants in the region.

Since that time, Bay Clean-up Days have blossomed into a well organized twice-yearly project headed by Project Earth Club of the Bay High School under the skillful direction of teacher Eryn Sutterlin. Village Foundation trustee Richard Mayer assisted with the clean-up.

This event is a wonderful testament of what we can get done when we all pitch in.

Eileen Vernon

President of The Village Foundation.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.30.2012