Cooperative effort is a good sign


It’s easy to support the annual Coastal Clean-up event. Volunteers arrive at nearly 50 Delaware locations, 10 sites in Maryland and four in New Jersey to clean the beaches and restore some order to the destination spots that have seen wear-and-tear from the summer season.

It’s a great event, and it has been for nearly a quarter of a century.

New Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Sec. Collin P. O’Mara cited a recent marine debris five-year report released by the Ocean Conservancy, which stated that trash coming from humans’ ocean- and land-based activities has increased by more than 5 percent each year. That’s a troubling statistic, and emphasizes the need of the annual Coastal Clean-up event.

During Tuesday’s kick-off of the marketing side of the Sept. 19 event, representatives from DNREC, Assateague Coastal Trust, Conectiv and Delmarva Power all showed up in force to promote the clean-up. Delmarva Power has long been a significant sponsor of the event, and one of their representatives spoke about how worth-while the project is, and how proud his company is to be a part of it.

“We really need everyone,” said O’Mara. “The success depends on citizens of the state.”

Indeed, it is largely up to the people of the state at this time.

Volunteers are needed to help with the event on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. It is a great event, that will leave volunteers with both a good feeling about what they accomplished, and a better understanding of the problems facing our local environment.

Those interested in participating in the 24th annual Coastal Clean-up can do so by registering online at dnrec.delaware.gov or by calling Coastal Clean-up Coordinator Joanna Wilson at (302) 739-9902.

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The Senior League Softball World Series came to a close last weekend with an exciting championship game where USA Southwest nipped the District III team from Laurel, 3-2.

Once again, organizers and volunteers made the event a succesful one that was enjoyable for fans, players and coaches. And the players themselves made it an unforgettable week, filled with great pitching, timely hitting and admirable sportsmanship.