Lending a hand to Lady Grand …2012 Grand Shoreline Cleanup is huge success

GLSPS at Bernice State Park:
Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron members Carl Montgomery, Janet Sloan, Marcia Pett and Jim Willis manned the dumpster at Bernice State Park during the recent Grand Lake Shoreline Cleanup event.

Langley – The 2012 edition of the Grand Lake Shoreline Cleanup, held on Saturday, June 23, is being called a huge success by organizers.

“We filled seven 30-yard dumpsters completely full this year,” said Grand River Dam Authority Lakes Relation Coordinator Lori Starks. “We are just very appreciative of everyone who worked so hard to clean their property, their neighbor’s or just areas on Grand Lake where they visit and play. This was a great time for people to dump free of charge and we are glad so many people took advantage of it.”

Each year, GRDA works alongside the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron (GLSPS) to organize the “Lend a Hand to Lady Grand” event and provide the dumpsters free of charge. However, it’s the volunteer labor that really makes it all happen. GLSPS members manned dumpsters at Bernice State Park, at the Ketchum Church of Christ and at Grove Springs Park in Grove. Meanwhile, other volunteers around the shores of Grand Lake spent the day picking up shoreline debris (including large amounts of old dock foam) and delivering it to the dumpster sites.

Each year, the effort of volunteers during the cleanup helps rid Grand Lake’s scenic shoreline of large amounts of unsightly debris. Not only does that make the lake area even more attractive but it also makes its safer for lake visitors all summer long.

Willow Park Marina Crew:
This group of shoreline cleanup volunteers “lent a hand to Lady Grand” by working in the Willow Park Marina area. From left: Pat Morgan, Skip Helms, Aron Miller, Hank Myers, Wade Silzer, Greg Crenshaw and Paul Rush.

“GRDA wants to send a special thank you out to all the volunteers and to the GLSPS for continuing to make this event a success each year,” said Starks.

GLSPS at Church of Christ
Mary Ann Stout (left) and Carol Chalupnik manned the dumpsters at the Ketchum Church of Christ during the Grand Lake Shoreline Cleanup on Saturday, June 23. Thanks to volunteers like these ladies, the event was a huge success and has left the shoreline cleaner and safer.

The GLSPS is headquartered in Grove, near the center of Grand Lake, and encompasses all the communities around the lake. The organization welcomes all boat owners, power and/or sail and enthusiasts to join in its efforts in promoting safe boating. 

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir.

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