Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Saturday, September 14th was Nolin River Lakes 11th Annual Clean-up Campaign scheduled in conjunction with National Public Lands that was officially scheduled on September 22nd. 152 volunteers showed up to lend a hand to public lands.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), It’s noticeable in every year’s statistic that volunteers are making a difference. Fewer appliances and tires are being collected and the trash more than likely is from the current year rather than an accumulation of many. 79 bags of trash were collected along with 7 tires.
Boy Scout Pack 130 was the largest group contributor of the of event for the third year in a row, with 35 participants in the 2019 clean up. This year the largest group received an outdoor movie screen with two cases of Ale 8, donated by the Friends of Nolin Lake (FoNL). Special Recognition went out to Mike Robertson as the longest standing volunteer with an 11 year commitment. Courtesy of the FoNL Mr. Roberston received two free admission tickets to the Corvette Museum. The newest service group attending was Grayson County DECA of Leitchfield.
The Friends of Nolin Lake assisted with recruitment online and hosted an appreciate picnic after the clean up providing over $250 worth of prizes purchased under the theme of lake life. Prizes included fishing and camping gear, yard games, a smores kit, coolers, life jackets, and a four person ten with mess kit and sleeping pad as the grand prize. Food and drinks were donated and provided by Bee Springs Restaurant for up to 200 volunteers.
"A big thank you to all volunteers and groups that set aside the day to contribute good stewardship and instill the message of protecting lands by respecting lands to the community and youth participants," stated USACE in statement. "A long standing appreciation and thank you to Hart County Solid Waste in their 11th year of providing a dumpster free of charge at Dog Creek, and Scott Waste provided a dumpster free of delivery charge to Moutardier. We can always count on Moutardier and Wax marina donating rental pontoons for Corps staff to use during clean-up both have been committed to the clean-up for 11 years."