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CB ‘Save the Bay’ clean-up draws crowd

The 3rd Annual Save the Bay Day clean-up in Colonial Beach drew a crowd of volunteers to the Colonial Beach Yacht Basin Saturday.  Armed with large orange trash bags, the energetic group of citizens and volunteers then fanned out across the peninsula to pick up litter and debris.

Their haul included several truck loads of discarded metal, soft drink cans, abandoned fishing tackle, food wrappers, plastics and even an old, discarded ‘Save the Bay’ t-shirt.  “You won’t believe the things that people just throw down on the street or the beach,” said Mitzi Saffos, a Colonial Beach resident who along with fellow resident, Vickie Sessoms, started the local clean-up three years ago.

Colonial Beach’s ‘Save the Bay’ clean-up is usually held in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Annual Clean the Bay Day, but this year the regional bay clean-up was held on June 7 and conflicted with Colonial Beach’s popular River Festival.  So the Colonial Beach clean-up was delayed until last weekend.

“We were having the River Festival, so we did not do it when we usually do,” said Saffos.  “But it has been very successful.”  The volunteers who participated, including a troop of girl scouts, would agree.  They worked throughout the day collecting trash and debris and were rewarded with a cold drink, a lunch and a free ‘Save the Bay’ t-shirt.

“We have had people who have been here every year,” said Saffos.  “It gives us all good feelings just to see things looking better, trying to improve the town.” Saffos and Sessoms expressed their appreciation to the more than two dozen sponsors who helped make the clean-up possible.

Kelly Quinn at 1st Stop Meat Market & Deli provided much of the food as did Sherry Lee of Sher’s Snack Shop and Bonnie Wyne, who owns The Tattle Tale Cafe & Coffee Shop.  Lonnie Phillips, owner of the Colonial Beach 7-Eleven provided drinks for the event and Lloyd Alspaugh of Rankin’s Hardware donated gloves for the volunteers.

Other sponsors for this year’s successful event were Al’s Custom Signs, Bay Haven Landscapes, the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Colonial Beach Foundation, the Colonial Beach Historical Society, the Colonial Beach Yacht Center, Cooper Financial Group and the Dockside Restaurant.

Sponsors also included Just ask Jim, the Handyman, Leslie and Bill Milleson, NSWC Credit Union, Rogers Screen Printing, Stuart E. Camp, The Beach Shop, The Museum at Colonial Beach, the Town of Colonial Beach, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Wavadexter Graphics.

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