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Clean up Willow Creek trail for Earth Day


   This year, an expected 500,000 people worldwide will participate in Earth Day activities in their communities.
   Jefferson County residents can be a part of this 38-year-old tradition by joining the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) committee of the Jefferson County Health Department in a Willow Creek trail clean up on Earth Day, April 22, at 4 p.m.
   The trail along Willow Creek is enjoyed by many people. Whether out for a stroll, walking the dog, bicycling or spending time with family and friends, it is a great way to get a little exercise or just get from one place to another.
   For everyone to enjoy their community trail, however, community support is needed to keep it clean and attractive. Volunteer support is essential to remove trash that is dropped or blown in during the winter months.
   Springtime is a perfect time for a community cleanup and Earth Day is a great occasion to make it an annual event.
   "The Willow Creek trail is a beautiful trail that follows the creek through town. It is a community asset that increases community pride and provides a path for people to use as well as connecting to other wonderful trails in Madras," organizers noted.
   The HEAL committee encourages everyone to get more exercise in their daily lives and using city trails means less driving, reduced gasoline costs and improved air quality.
   To keep this trail beautiful, volunteers are requested to devote an hour of their time on Earth Day to clean up the trail near the community garden, off Southeast 11th Street.
   Madras Sanitary Service is donating the use of a dumpster for the day and the Outpost is providing bags for trash collection. Everyone participating in the cleanup should bring a pair of gloves.
   Meet at the community gardens, located at the end of 11th Street between C and D streets, at 4 p.m.