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Spring Cleaning Includes Segments Of Local Highway


Published: 03.18.2021

Flowers are blooming, the tulip and pear trees are really showing off—for the most part, spring has sprung on Lake Martin, and Easter is fast approaching! Who isn’t looking forward to Lake Martin at full pool and a return to spring and summer fun on the lake? We all do, but we have some spring cleaning to do first. Fortunately for most, it only takes a few hours of scrubbing inside and out and everything is ready! Along with cleaning around the house, it’s also time to clean up the roadsides in our beautiful corner of the world.

A few months ago, we announced a plan called Pride Drive. Pride Drive is designed to keep the portion of Highway 63 from Ourtown to the Kowaliga Bridge clean. Several volunteers have adopted mile-long segments and have agreed to regularly get out and pick up litter. It has been exciting to watch almost every segment get adopted and cared for.

Hats off to Linda and Cliff Grinnell, Cindy and Roger Holliday, Lee and Matt Sheppard, John Coley, Tom Lamberth, Johnny Dark, Mel Long, Traci and Steve Roy, Robin and Kirby Caddell, Ralph Frohsin, Betty Chambers, Ann Goree, Brandy Hasting and the Lake Martin Tourism Board, Bill Thompson and John Thompson, our Pride Drive Volunteers for agreeing to make a big difference.

Another group that makes it their mission to help keep Highway 63 clean is the “Orange Shirt Gang” from Russell Lands. A couple of times each year, 25 to 35 volunteers from Russell Lands pull on their Orange T-shirts and head out to clean the roadsides. And more than a few times, they have cleaned the entire 13 miles from Highway 280 in Alexander City to the bridge at Kowaliga. On Friday, March 26, this group will again get out and clean from Ourtown to 280 while the Pride Drive volunteers clean their adopted segments.

There is still more room for you as a volunteer! We invite you to learn more about Pride Drive by visiting www.63pridedrive.com and join us as we keep the drive to Lake Martin clean.

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