This year’s Great Allatoona Cleanup offered fresh air and a lot of fun to the hundreds of volunteers who pushed up their sleeves and dug into the muck with rubber gloves, filling trash bags.
The cleanup targeted 40 different areas around the lake’s 270 miles of shoreline. More than 4,133 volunteers pulled 299 tires and 5 tons of trash out of the lake last year.
The Maniscalco family of Roswell, with husband, Joe, wife, Janet, 12-year-old daughter, Alex, and 3-year-old son, Tony, were there to pitch in.
“It is a beautiful day, we are excited to get out here,” Janet Maniscalco said.
The Maniscalcos were at the cleanup with a team from Yamaha Marine Group, headquartered in Kennesaw. Janet Maniscalco said the family often boats on Lake Allatoona in their Sea Ray.
Janet Maniscalco said her family helped to clean for about an hour and did find a couple of tires. Because of the high amount of rain this summer, the group could not get very close to the shoreline to dredge up more debris, she said.
“I feel like I didn’t do a lot, but I feel like a made a difference a little,” said Alex Maniscalco, who was earning community service hours for a club at her school.
Kevin Triplett was coordinating volunteers from AMEC, an international engineering services company with offices throughout Georgia, which has been helping with the cleanup for seven years.
Triplett said it is part of AMEC’s outreach to the community and “part of our credo is to take care of the environment.”
Although Triplett said he has not noticed the number of volunteers growing over the years, the process gets smoother each time with different people from the community coming out each year.
One of the big tasks for the AMEC group was to feed the hundreds of hungry trash collectors during an appreciation lunch Saturday afternoon off Lake Allatoona Dam Road in Cartersville.
“It is quite an effort, but everyone pitches in,” Triplett said about the 440 pounds of chicken thighs that were smoked overnight and the 600 hot dogs that were served.