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Great Lakes Beach Sweep

September 26, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Clean-up volunteers were pleased to find the local beach in Barcelona relatively shipshape Tuesday morning, Sept. 11.

"This was a surprisingly clean beach," director of the Greystone Nature Preserve Diane Clark said.

The preserve organizes the local clean-up every year.

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Five hardworking individuals from the Resource Center tallied six five-gallon buckets worth of litter found by community volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11 on Barcelona Beach as part of the Great Lakes Beach Sweep. Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Greystone manager Bill Moran; Barb Zeigler; and Courtney Ruch. From left to right in the back row are: Resource Center staff Karl Erb; Anthony Corcoran; Greystone director Diane Clark; Tony Gugino; Resource Center staff Russ Valone; and Jose Reyes.

Volunteer Mike Ceci of Westfield agreed.

"I believe there is less litter on the beach this year," he said after the two-hour sweep of the sand.

Eight volunteers collected five five-gallon buckets "full of litter," according to Clark.

Tuesday's effort concentrated on the shore extending from the Barcelona Beach parking lot to the marina adjacent to the Dan Reed pier, Clark said. It was a part of the Great Lakes Beach Sweep, which in turn is a part of the International Coastal Clean-up.

The Environmental Club of Westfield Academy and Central School, along other volunteers, cleaned up the west side of the beach on Saturday Sept.15.

Last year in Western New York, 818 people cleaned beaches stretching from Woodlawn State Park near Buffalo to Barcelona.

A total of 6,368 volunteers cleaned an estimated 260 miles of shore line and removed a reported 93,644 pounds of debris on beaches in 24 counties statewide in 2011, according the American Littoral Society.

Trash taken from Chautauqua County beaches were sorted and tallied by volunteers from the Resource Center, according to Clark.

All participants receive a Certificate of Accomplishment and hopefully a thank you or two from grateful beach goers.



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