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‘Mariposa Clean Sweep’ event will target local beautification

Participants will be eligible to win grand prize of $1,500 riding lawn mower

Persons who participate in “Mariposa Clean Sweep” will be eligible to win this $1,500 riding lawn mower, courtesy of Sierra Tel. 
Submitted photo Persons who participate in “Mariposa Clean Sweep” will be eligible to win this $1,500 riding lawn mower, courtesy of Sierra Tel. Submitted photo A new event aimed at sprucing up Mariposa is scheduled in April.

“Mariposa Clean Sweep” will be held on Saturday, April 22, which is Earth MARIPOSA Day.

Everyone is invited to participate in the event, during which volunteers will be picking up trash and debris throughout the town of Mariposa.

All who participate will be registered for a drawing with the grand prize being a 42- inch cut riding lawn mower valued at $1,500. The mower is being donated by Sierra Tel.

There will also be many other prizes and a free lunch, provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mariposa.

Prizes will include hoses, rakes, shovels and much more. Many local merchants are donating prizes for the event.

Mariposa Clean Sweep is being presented by Mariposa County, Mariposa County Solid Waste and the Mariposa Gazette.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on April 22 with registration at the County Park in Mariposa. All participants must register for the event at the park. Each person will be given an arm band and a drawing ticket for the drawing. Those are required to participate as well as be eligible for prizes.

All persons will be assigned an area of town to clean up. Workers from Mariposa County Department of Public Works will be picking up bags of garbage and disposing of them at the landfill.

All workers will be provided with gloves, a vest, bags and trash grabbers.

Water will be provided throughout the morning to those who are participating.

At noon, all persons will meet back at the park for a free lunch and the prize drawings.

Local groups, organizations and businesses are being encouraged to sign up for the event. Persons can pre-register and request a certain area of Mariposa. The entire town will be part of the effort. Those who don’t request an area will be assigned a location. Also, if areas are already taken, another area will be assigned.

The first 50 people who sign up will be given a free “Mariposa Clean Sweep” T-shirt.

“This is an effort to show pride in Mariposa and to help everyone keep in mind that keeping their town clean is important,” said Greg Little, editor of the Gazette, who has spearheaded similar events across the country.

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is also supporting the event and approved it at the board meeting this week.

“The County is pleased to be a part of this event,” said Tara Schiff, economic development specialist for the County and a member of the organizing committee.

Other members include Debbie Peters of Sierra Tel, Todd Storti, head of the County’s solid waste department and Ginnie Nash of the Mariposa County Health Department.

Schiff said having a clean town (known as beautification in the economic development world) is an essential part of economic development as it helps attract businesses and gives a good impression to first-time visitors, including tourists, who are a central part of the economic makeup of Mariposa County.

Little said organizers are hoping to eventually expand the event to include all of Mariposa County.

“Keeping your community clean not only is a good practice, it helps people take pride in where they live,” said Little.

Early registration is encouraged but persons can also register the day of the event. Registration ends at 8:45 a.m. and persons must register by that time to be eligible for prizes and the lunch.

Persons can pre-register by email at tschiff@mariposcounty.org or greg@mariposagazette.com. You can also call Schiff at 742-1214 or Little at 966-2500 to register. Persons can also register by visiting the Facebook page “mariposacleansweep.”

“We think this will be a great event for Mariposa and the community,” said Little. “We are encouraging everyone to take a few hours and take pride in Mariposa.”

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