Archived Story

Thanks for a community effort

Published 7:48pm Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dear Editor, 

The Celebrate Lake Martin/Renew our Rivers 2013 clean up held on Friday, November 8 and Saturday November 9 was a huge success. More than 9 tons of building debris and trash filling 3 large dumpsters was retrieved from the shoreline of Lake Martin. Additionally 2 smaller dumpsters were filled with litter that was gathered at public boat launches and adjacent roadways.

We offer our deepest gratitude to the following groups and the more than 225 individual volunteers for making this the most successful clean up that I have ever been involved with:

•TPI for promoting and reporting the event with great coverage in Lake Magazine and Alex City Outlook

•Ann Goree, Penny Adamson and students at Stephens School for producing the art work and the “Celebrate Lake Martin” theme T shirts

•Russell Lands employees who walked the roadsides picking up litter tossed by careless motorist. In addition Russell Lands provided great prizes which were awarded to participants in a drawing held on Saturday

•Alabama Power Company for providing boats and employee volunteers from local positions as well as corporate offices in Birmingham

•Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies  and their leaders from Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties

•Marshall Griffin for sponsoring a hot dog cook out for the more than 115 Scouts and leaders as well as personally volunteering to pick up roadside trash

•LMRA for providing boats and individual members of the Board of Director’s who labored extensively in support of this LMRA sponsored event.

•Jackson Dozier of TowBoat Lake Martin for providing a boat and hauling trash and volunteers

•Advanced Disposal for furnishing the dumpsters

Words of gratitude are barely adequate when you see the overflowing dumpsters and realize the efforts put forth by those that care and work hard to protect our “Treasured Alabama Lake”.

Thanks to all.



John Thompson


Lake Martin Resource Association