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Green Committee needs help cleaning up the city

PLATTSBURGH - Members of the Plattsburgh Green Committee are looking to the community to help shape up the city.

According to Sonal Patel, a volunteer who assists the committee, city clean-ups began last August, in an effort to make a difference.

"[We wanted] a noticeable change within the community that anyone could do," Patel said, who first began the clean-ups. "Any age group, any social class, whatever. Anyone who wanted to help out, could help out."

Members of the committee and some volunteers gathered once a month, spending two hours cleaning up a predetermined area.

"We did the bike path along the lake, Broad Street, and Durkee Street parking lot," Patel recalled.

Typically, the group could rack up six bags of garbage within the two-hour clean-up.

"Most of it was cigarette butts actually," Patel said.

Now, the committee is planning to continue their monthly clean-ups. The next one, scheduled for this Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m., will begin at the Stewart's Shop on South Catherine Street.

"As part of our community, it is our responsibility to keep it clean," Patel said.

For those interested in taking part in the clean-up, visit www.plattsburghgreen.org. Liability waivers must be signed and will be available the day of the clean-up. Gloves, picks and garbage bags will be provided.

"Just so that we wouldn't be liable and that they understand that if they found something, that they knew to take their own precautions," Patel explained.

She added the clean-ups wouldn't be possible without the help of the city Department of Public Works and superintendent Mike Brodi.

"Mike was amazing at getting all the materials I needed," Patel said. "The rest of the department was great in terms of picking up the six loads of garbage that we had collected."

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