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|Cleaning Up the "Square" During Earth Week
|Sunday is Earth Day, the day recognized around the world as one to bring awareness to the environment and keeping it clean. Galesburg residents did their part to mark that Saturday.
A group led by the Galesburg-area Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Task Force held a clean-up in the area of the Seminary Square Shopping Center Saturday. They chose the location, officials say, so that a newly-formed "Simba Chapter" comprised of children of local Lions Club members could take part.
Galesburg Community Foundation head Josh Gibb went out at the urging of his daughter, and tells WGIL there's a good reason why he's taking part.
"For those charged with economic development, it's a really good thing for us to help them," Gibb said. "Who wants to come into Galesburg, when all they see is trash blowing around? Let's just pick it up!"
Chamber president Bob Maus agrees.
"When people see an environment that's being taken care of, when they know that the community cares about what's going on, it attracts others," Maus said. "They say, 'I want to be a part of that, and I want to be a part of that community.'"
Several dozen volunteers helped clean up the open areas of Seminary Square, essentially inbetween the new U.S. Cellular store and the Master Stirfry restaurant. Maus says the Environmental Task Force normally does only about two clean-ups a year, but this year, he says, several more are in the works.
Volunteers have already cleaned up Hope Cemetery.
(Josh Gibb and his daughter clean up in an area of the Seminary Square Shopping Center Saturday. Gibb had just found a large object in that area.)
(Volunteers young and old helped clean up Seminary Square Saturday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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