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Westminster wins clean-up challenge in Oconee County

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The city of Westminster has won the Downtown Clean Up Challenge in Oconee County and will receive a $5,000 grant from the Oconee Economic Alliance to be used toward a downtown beautification project.

The Downtown Clean Up Challenge was issued to all five municipalities in Oconee County – Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster and West Union -  to pick up litter during the month of July as a continuation project of the Great Oconee Clean Up that occurred in April. The goal of these two community events was to beautify key areas of the community by removing litter and to promote a more positive impression of our Oconee County, according to a news release. The Oconee Economic Alliance issued the challenge through its Destination Oconee initiative.

“This was such a successful downtown challenge as nearly 150 people came together spread over four cities to collect 3,500 pounds of litter,” said Janet Hartman, manager of the Destination Oconee program, in the release. “I truly hope the success of this challenge encourages the cities and others in the county to continue being involved in helping Oconee County reach its full potential.”

Highlights of the Downtown Clean Up Challenge include:

  • Four volunteers collected 120 pounds of litter in West Union, who was the first municipality to participate in the challenge.
  • Twenty-two volunteers collected 240 pounds of litter along North 1st Street and along parts of downtown in Seneca.
  • Walhalla had 28 volunteers clean up around the city pool and other neglected areas.  Their efforts resulted in 1,680 pounds of litter collected, the largest amount reported for the challenge.
  • Ninety people in total canvassed the streets of Westminster and collected 1,460 pounds of litter.

In total, through the Great Oconee Clean Up and the Downtown Clean Up Challenge, 350 volunteers collected 5,500 pounds of litter, the release said.

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