Bay's waterways to get spring cleaning

Now in its 11th year, the Bay Village Waterways Cleanup Day, sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay High Project Earth Club, Bay Village Green Team and the Scouts, will be held on Saturday, May 27. All are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. Volunteers of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring signed permission slip.

The city provides trash bags and gloves for use in picking up debris along Cahoon Creek, Columbia Park, Bay Boat Club, and other portions of the Lake Erie waterfront. The group works for more than two hours and finishes up back at the middle school where The Bay Village Foundation provides lunch.

Event chairman Mike Romanchek and Bay Village Foundation student trustees, Maggie Williams, Jack Lee, Katherine Finley and Chris Eifert, will plan and deliver the lunch for the hungry crowd. Afterwards, city workers will pick up the bagged debris at the middle school.

Since The Bay Village Foundation began this activity in 2006, Bay Waterways Cleanup Day has blossomed into a well-organized twice-yearly project headed by Project Earth Club of Bay High School now under the direction of Bridgit McFarland, Bay High teacher and leader of the club.

Most years, the weather has cooperated, but working around the water – even on nice days – can be wet and muddy. Participants are asked to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting muddy or wet because Cleanup Day goes on rain or shine. Most volunteers wear boots and find the gloves provided by the city to be very useful. Students, Scouts, parents and other groups looking for service projects are welcome to participate.

Eileen Vernon

Trustee of The Bay Village Foundation. Retired lawyer. Resident of Bay Village for over 32 years.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.02.2017