Several canal cleanup events planned for Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 April 2017 at 12:20 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: Gary Hill and his son Dan are shown picking up trash along the Erie Canal on April 26, 2014. They were part of a group from the Sons of the American Legion in Medina. There will be another trash pickup this Saturday along the Towpath from the Glenwood Avenue Bridge to the Bates Road boat launch.

Volunteers are welcome to help with trash pickups along the Erie Canal this Saturday. There will be cleanup efforts in Holley, Albion and Medina for the 12th annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Last year more than 100 Clean Sweep events were held on the canal system.

This Saturday there will be cleanup events at the following locations in Orleans County:

• Albion – The Albion Betterment Committee welcomes volunteers to meet at 9 a.m. at Dunkin Donuts, 157 South Main Street.

The group will then go to Erie Canal, heading east and west in the Town of Albion, picking up trash on both shores.

• Holley – The Masonic Lodge No. 713 in Kendall will start at 9 a.m. at the Holley Canal Park on East Avenue.

Masons will clean the towpath on both sides of the canal from the Canal Park eastward to Countyline Road.

• Medina –Sons of the American Legion will start at 9 a.m. at the Legion Post on North Main Street. They will pick up trash from the Post, heading east to the Bates Road canal launch ramp. The Sons will also work on landscaping at Glenwood Avenue bridge over the Erie Canal.

• Medina – The Medina Lions Club also will do its annual environmental cleanup day, starting at Lions Park on North Gravel Road (Route 63) at 9 a.m.

The Lions will work with Boy Scouts, students from the Iroquois Job Corps to clean up public areas along the canal in the village. They will also spread mulch and work on gardens. Community members are welcome to help with the cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon.

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