Celebrate Spring With Earth Day, The Great American Cleanup, And Keep Lakewood Beautiful

Spring sunshine and warmer winds have finally arrived here in Lakewood, Ohio and the Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and Great American Cleanup on April 29th from 9-11 a.m. beginning at Madison Park. Come one or come all, and help spruce up the Madison Ave. commercial district. Learn from an arborist, and then we will plant trees in observance of Arbor Day, plant flowers, and mulch trees and large planters. Meet near the Madison Ave. entrance to Beck’s Pool in Madison Park. For more information or optional pre-registration see: http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

After we spruce up Madison Ave., be sure and take home a free seedling tree and recycled flowers. Keeping with one of the mission goals of Keep Lakewood Beautiful, education, we partnered for the 5th year with the Horticulture class at Lakewood High School. We will be giving away 10 varieties of free seedling trees that have been potted by Lakewood High School Horticulture students under the expertise of the Horticulture teacher, Mr. Mark Rathge. Keep Lakewood Beautiful purchases all the supplies needed for this annual hands on classroom experience where students learn how to and also do plant bare root tree seedlings. Thank you Mr. Rathge and LHS students for your help! We have several varieties to choose from that will especially fit most Lakewood yards. Trees provide us with beauty and many benefits such as: help purify the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants and produce oxygen, increase property values, shade and cool our buildings and paved surfaces, reduce the amount of water and pollutants in sewer systems, provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, and foster safer, more sociable and attractive neighborhood environments.

We hope you can join us and learn more about trees and flowers from some experts who will be present to guide us as we work. Then spruce up your own yard and take home a tree seedling and recycled flowers for FREE for your yard, while supplies last! Please drop by on April 29th and help Keep Lakewood Beautiful!

The Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) organization was initially created in September 1982 to promote civic involvement through public interest in the general improvement of the environment of Lakewood. It maintains an affiliation with Keep America Beautiful. The volunteer board initiates, plans and coordinates programs for litter prevention, solid waste reduction, recycling and green space beautification such as Earth Day, Great American Cleanup, Spring Humus Sale (on 5-20-17), over 50 Adopt-a-Spot Gardens, Beautiful Home Awards, and the Tree Committee. For more information or to join the Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization see: http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB  or call 529-6601.

Marianne Quasebarth Usiak is a KLB Volunteer Board Member.

Marianne Quasebarth Usiak

Lakewood Citizen and Volunteer Board member of Keep Lakewood Beautiful

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017