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Article Published: Apr. 7, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

NCDOT announces Spring Litter Sweep

The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking volunteers from across the state to help remove litter from local roads during this year's spring Litter Sweep event, held from April 16 to April 30. Volunteers played an integral role in removing more than 4.2 million pounds of roadside litter during the 2010 spring and fall Litter Sweeps.

"The department's spring Litter Sweep is a great opportunity for all of us to pitch in to revitalize the beauty of North Carolina's roads," N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said. "By improving safety and appearance, we can ensure we provide visitors with a positive impression of our scenic state."

Interested Litter Sweep volunteers may contact their local NCDOT county maintenance office to obtain cleanup supplies. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are required to watch a safety video and wear safety gear. Everyone is reminded to warm up by stretching before picking up litter and to drink plenty of water during the cleanup.

NCDOT maintenance crews, Adopt-A-Highway groups, N.C. Department of Correction inmate crews and community service workers will also take to the highways to pick up roadside litter during spring Litter Sweep.

Additionally, the N.C. State Highway Patrol will be on alert and policing the roadways for motorists with unsecured loads and others that intentionally and unintentionally litter. Littering is an illegal, fineable offense. Upon conviction, the defendant can be fined up to $2,000, receive a point on their driver license and be sentenced to community service work. Fines can double upon a second conviction.

The bi-annual Litter Sweeps are administered by the NCDOT Office of Beautification Programs. For more information, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit the Office of Beautification Programs website and click on "Litter Sweep." Volunteers can also receive information and updates by following NCDOT on Twitter, visiting the department's Facebook page or viewing videos about Litter Sweep on YouTube.
The 2011 fall Litter Sweep is scheduled for Sept. 17-Oct. 1.

Freedom Market comes to Boone

Freedom Market is a self-regulating gathering place for farmers, artisans and citizens interested in socializing and supporting local, to be held in the Boone Earth Fare parking lot on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., having started April 3.

In addition to offering fresh good eats, healthy plants, flowers, honey and an array of artisan goods, the Freedom Market will be collecting funds for local charities.

Visitors are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite charity, as well as make a donation. A new local charity will be selected by way of ballot every two months.

Citizens can visit with friends, support local, and then finish up the week's grocery shopping at Earth Fare. Entertainment will be random throughout the year.

The Freedom Market has no leader, no board of directors, and no bias, but rather a simple set of guidelines for all to follow. The vendors promote and police the market as a whole. If you are a farmer, homesteader, artisan or musician looking for a close-knit community outlet to sell your wares or express yourself, organizers encourage you to stop by.

For more information, e-mail John at ( or simply stop by on Sunday.
Earth Fare is located at 178 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

FaceAIDS 5K on Saturday

Appalachian State University's FaceAids chapter is hosting its inaugural 5K Saturday, April 9, on Boone's Greenway Trail, starting at 10 a.m.

Registration costs $10, or $15 to also receive a T-shirt, and can be completed the day of the event or in advance at

FaceAids is an organization that helps educate, raise funds and bring awareness, regarding HIV/AIDS and social injustices in Rwanda. One-hundred percent of the total funds raised is granted to Partners in Health, an internationally acclaimed NGO providing health care to some of the world's most marginalized populations. Funds are matched dollar to dollar by private donors.

For more information on the 5K, search for "Face AIDS First Annual 5K" on Facebook. For more on FaceAIDS, visit

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