Just over 200 volunteers gathered Saturday morning to clean up the shoreline and beaches of Niagara County during the 11th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep.
"It was a hit," said Jeanette H. Brunner, coordinator of education at the Aquarium of Niagara, which sponsored the event, supplying bags, plastic gloves and data cards. "We had lots of people."
Some items found by the volunteers included a toy lizard, tar paper, a plastic wrestling figure, a car radiator, golf balls and boxer shorts.
The volunteers collected more than 132 bags of trash, plus large debris and tires, said Ms. Brunner. Members of a dozen groups helped in the effort, including Lockport City Schools, Prince of Peace School in Niagara Falls, the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and the Gathering Card Shop in North Tonawanda.
Companies also donated goods to the event, including the Parkview Pharmacy of Buffalo, Strohmann Bakeries of Buffalo, Cheektowaga's Jubilee Market, Sahlen's Packing Co. of Buffalo and McDonald's at the City Market in the Falls.
The group cleaned about nine miles of beaches along the Lake Ontario shoreline, including Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, Wilson; Four Mile Creek, Youngstown; Golden Hill State Park, Barker; and Olcott lakefront properties.
The volunteers collected about 1,092 pounds of garbage.