KCNB hosting cleanup event

COVINGTON - Tired of seeing litter along county roadsides?

Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful is offering the chance to do something about it.

The annual Great American Cleanup, in which volunteers pick up trash on roads and around businesses, parks, churches and schools, will take place April 19.

Everyone is invited to take part; it's an experience that will drive home the importance of throwing trash in its proper place, said KCNB Program Education Specialist Laurie Riley.

"Lots of times if people participate, they realize that litter really is a problem, because they suddenly see it when they're picking up individual pieces of it," she said. "Hopefully, more people will realize we have a problem and participate in the cleanup and will never throw it out again."

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Kroger grocery stores on U.S. Highway 278 and Salem Road. All supplies will be provided.

Participants will be served a light breakfast and receive a T-shirt before heading out to the cleanup area of their choice.

Individuals and small groups are welcome to show up the day of the event without registering, but large groups should register with KCNB by April 14.

To obtain a registration form, call KCNB at 770-784-2015.

Forms may be faxed to 770-784-2082; e-mailed to newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us; or mailed to Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful, 1124 Clark St., Covington, GA 30014.

In other news, KCNB is co-sponsoring several water conservation and education events throughout April.

All month long, Southern Heartland Art Gallery in downtown Covington will host an exhibit titled "Water Works," featuring water-themed art by painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and woodturners.

From 5 to 8 p.m. April 10, the gallery will host a special reception for the community to view the work, which Event Chair Carol Veliotis calls "a synergistic combination of artwork and water."

Interspersed with the artwork will be displays on water conservation.

The event is free.

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging its members to learn how to conserve water by attending a Newton A.M. Breakfast featuring Larry Razzetti with the Environmental Protection Division's Pollution Prevention Assistance Division.

The event will take place at 8 a.m. April 22 at DeKalb Technical College at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway.

The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call the chamber at 770-786-7510.

Finally, KCNB will help conduct a workshop on xeriscaping, rain barrels and river buffers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Home Depot on Ga. 142.

The workshop will focus on landscaping during a drought, Riley said.

"With the summer months coming up, there's always higher water usage and a likelihood of the drought recurring," she said.

For more information on any of these events, call 770-784-2015.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.