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Thanks for cleanup help; tree planting on May 24

2014-05-15T00:00:00Z 2014-05-15T16:56:05Z Thanks for cleanup help; tree planting on May 24 The Billings Gazette
May 15, 2014 12:00 am

Bright n' Beautiful received a great response from local businesses for donations and support to help us in the Great American Cleanup, an effort of each affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Businesses, local groups, churches, organizations and families — about 1,600 volunteers from every walk of life took park in a great effort that lasts not just one day but a whole month. Now we can enjoy a much cleaner Yellowstone County.

Here's some of what was accomplished:

Laurel hauled 185 loads weighing 1,400 pounds to the landfill. Volunteers filled 11 containers with electronics, refrigerators, concrete, batteries, small appliances, TVs, computers. These are taken to be recycled.

In the east, Scouts and leaders, Sheriff's Office, students and others gathered more than 700 bags of litter.

Custer gathered about 15 loads of tree limbs to be burned and picked up 40 plus bags of litter.

In Billings about 600 bags were brought to the cleanup headquarters. Many other volunteers took their filled bags to the landfill.

Bright n' Beautiful, the Billings Parks Department and Republic Services of Montana are teaming up to put Coulson Park on the map. Our goal is to plant 400 new trees in the park on May 24. We are looking for volunteers again to help on that day. We will have coffee and donuts by 9 a.m. and will serve sandwiches and homemade desserts for lunch. We estimate this project could be completed by about 3 p.m. Call 248-6617 or 657-8308 to volunteer. See you on May 24 at Coulson Park.

Helen Johnson

Billings

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