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Making a clean sweep

Following a hugely successful return to July Fourth
festivities, all the more exciting because the holiday spanned a weekend, more
than smiles and joyous memories were left behind.

There was plenty of trash that had to be attended to.

Following the Independence Eve celebration that drew an
enormous crowd to downtown Apalachicola, about two dozen volunteers from Main
Street spent their drizzling Independence Day morning working alongside a hired
janitorial crew to clean up.

The cleanup included not only Riverfront Park and the
section of Avenue E that served as the food truck court, but also a significant
stretch of Water Street, Avenue D, and Commerce Street. The volunteers
collected litter on streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and grassy areas. 

“We proactively collaborated with the city, county, and
Waste Pro in advance to handle the volume of trash that gets generated from an
event as large as this,” said Augusta West, executive director of Apalachicola
Main Street. “From Battery Park to the Mill Pond, downtown was packed with
several thousand attendees.

“We would like to thank event sponsor Waste Pro for donating
the use of 25 trash cans as well as a dumpster which was placed on an empty lot
on Commerce Street,” she said, “The dumpster really helped with timely trash
disposal from the event and the downtown receptacles.

 “Our goal with
the cleanup was to leave downtown cleaner than before the
celebration. We hope downtown businesses and local residents were pleased
with the effort,” West said.

Main Street hired a janitorial crew to empty
trash, maintain supplies, and clean the public restrooms during and
after the event. “The dumpster, increased number of trash cans, restroom
janitorial crew, and morning-after cleanup were all new initiatives aimed at
leaving downtown in pristine shape, with no visible sign of the patriotic party
the night before,” she said.

About 30 St. George Islanders went to work on Monday
morning, July 5, a day after the island’s huge parade, party and later pyrotechnics
to pick up more than 30 bags of trash,

Ada Long, organizer of the cleanup, said special thanks go to
Jon Paul Loesch of Affordable Island Maintenance, “without whom these cleanups
would not be possible. Also top-o’-the-line thanks to Jo Ellen Pearman,
photographer and person extraordinaire, and kudos to Daren Hoffman, who picked
up one debit card, which the sheriff’s office came by to pick up, and $1.10 and
four face masks.

“Thanks to Betsy Nofziger for bringing zinnias and a cool
lapel pin she found of tiny sunglasses,” said Long.

In addition to Pearman and Hoffman, Long said volunteers included
Natasha Loesch, Autumn Loesch, Hailey Loesch, Bob Pruitt, Betsy Nofziger, Liz
Roffey, Daren Hoffman, Kevin Norris, Val Tyll, Steve Tyll, Brooke Tyll, Lynn
Wamp, Andrée Grogan, Michelle Hancock, Rob Hancock, Shannon Bothwell, Ken
Stegina, Jimmy Lewis, Pete Whitesell, Karen Redic, Dennic Schaeffer, Elizabeth
Marschall, Lisa Womack, Kenneth Womack, Jessica Loewy, Dodie Alber and Lynn Wilder.

“Thanks again, and we’ll see you on Sept. 18 for the
International Coastal Cleanup!” she wrote.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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