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Nonprofits to clean up on trash duty

Published on August 8, 2017 2:30PM

Photo by Alex Pajunas

Photo by Alex Pajunas

With everyone’s gaze riveted to the heavens during the Monday, Aug. 21, total solar eclipse, it’s not entirely unreasonable to expect that a couple of people might forget to pick up their trash when they leave.

That’s why the City of Newport is partnering with the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department and SOLVE to organize beach cleanups throughout town on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The cleanups will offer local nonprofit organizations the chance to raise funds, earning up to $10 per volunteer hour. Participating nonprofits will be required to appoint two beach captains per site, who must attend a mandatory training on Friday, Aug. 11, at Newport City Hall.

The cleanups will be held from 10 am to 1 pm at six sites — Ernest Bloch/Lucky Gap Trail Beach, Agate Beach, Nye Beach, Yaquina Bay State Park, South Beach State Park and Lost Creek.

Interested nonprofits should register their group with Peggy Hawker at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov. The assignments will be made on a first-come-first-served basis.

Anyone wanting to assist in this effort should register at http://solveoregon.org/newport-eclipse-cleanups.

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker at 541-574-0613, or by e-mail at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov.

A whale of a job

Among the nonprofits taking part in the cleanups is the Oregon chapter of the American Cetacean Society, which will be scouring the sands at Beverly Beach State Park.

To lend a hand, go to http://solveoregon.org and follow links for “get involved” and “eclipse cleanups.” The group will also have registration forms on site.

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