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Annual Great Lakes beach sweep to be held Saturday

For the 32nd year, volunteers on Saturday will collect trash and debris from the beaches of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario during the annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep.

Those who can spare two hours between 10 a.m. and noon will help clean up the shoreline of plastic bottles, balloons and other items. More help is needed, according to Sharen Trembath, the Lake Erie coordinator for the beach sweep.

All ages are welcome. The home base for the local beach sweep will be at Woodlawn State Park.

Trembath said there will be free entry to the park, free parking and free hot dogs. Volunteers will also receive a special certificate for participating in the cleanup.

The local beach sweep is part of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup Day.

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