It's been nearly six months since anyone has seen much un-snow-covered ground, and even though the calendar says spring is officially here, it promises to be a while yet before winter residues subside on the Kenai Peninsula.
Sooner or later those days will come, and with them the un-lovely litter leftovers of winter will appear along our streets and walkways. Community spirited spring clean-ups have become a tradition over the years as a way of helping spring and beautifying the local area.
Last year Unocal Alaska decided to get involved with the spring clean-up projects and added a new incentive from families, clubs, and organizations to participate. "Giving back to the community where we work is part of the Unocal philosophy. So this year on Saturday May 18th, we will be sponsoring our second annual community clean-up in cooperation with the Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce," said Roxanne Sinz, Public Affairs and communications manager for Unocal Alaska.
Recently, Chris Meyers, Unocal Alaska Field Superintendent, presented the Chambers with a check for $12,000. The money will be used to cover expenses of the event and for cash prizes to be awarded to adult and youth groups that collect the most trash in their assigned zones on that Saturday. Following the collection Unocal will be hosting a community bar-b-que for all participants. "We're doing it again this year, because it was such a huge success last year and we hope it's even greater this year," said Sinz, issuing a challenge to other industry to follow Unocal's lead and contribute to the spring clean-up event.
According to Justine Poltzin at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce prizes will include T-shirts for all participants. The cash awards for youth and adult groups that collect the most are expected to be the same as last year, "Unless of course other industry was to respond to Unocal's challenge," added Poltzin. For more details about the May 18th event, contact Justin Poltzin at the Soldotna Chamber, 262-9814, or Aud Walaszek, at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, 283-7989.
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