Now in it 8th year, the Bay Village Waterways Clean-up will take place on May 31, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Village Foundation, the City of Bay Village, The Green Team and Bay High School will sponsor the event. All families are invited to meet at the Bay Middle School at approximately 9:30 a.m. rain or shine.
Boy scouts and girl scouts are invited to participate. This is an excellent way for students to earn service hours.Project Earth Club, under the direction of Ms. Eryn Whistler-Sutterlin, Bay High School science teacher, plans the event each year. Village Foundation Student Trustees, Emmy Korte, Jake Fowler, Fiona Allen and Colin Southerington assist with planning and delivery of the lunch; and, will also be available to distribute gloves and bags that are provided by the city. Trustee, Elaine Korte will host the lunch- funded by The Village Foundation- for the hungry crowd afterwards at the Bay Middle School.
The Village Foundation began the Clean up Day program in 2006 with the help of the Bay City Services Department and with the support of Mayor Deborah Sutherland. Village Foundation trustees, families, students and several Boy Scout troops joined in the initial effort. Shortly thereafter, Mayor Sutherland founded the Village Green Team and the members of that group have participated every year since. The Green Team has been invaluable to the success of the project, emphasizing the importance of identifying and removing garlic mustard from the environment. Many land managers consider it to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants in the region.
Since that time, Bay Clean-up Days have blossomed into a well organized twice-yearly project headed by Project Earth Club of the Bay High School under the skillful direction of teacher, Eryn Whistler Sutterlin.
Most years, the weather has cooperated, but working around the water, even on nice days, can be wet and muddy. Students are asked todress for the weather because Clean-up day trash pick-up goes on rain or shine. Participants are asked to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting muddy and/or wet. Most wear boots and find the gloves provided by the City of Bay Village to be very useful.
– Eileen B. Vernon, President, The Village Foundation.