Town Brook Cleanup slated for October 26

By Nick Kovatch on October 13 at 9:47am

Jacksonville residents are asked to make a difference in their own backyard by cleaning the Town Brook later this month.

National Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 26th and the City’s Town Brook Committee and Special Studies Town Brook Committee are inviting the community to get involved by helping out with the Fall Town Brook Shoreline Cleanup.

Committee chairwoman Lori Large Oldenettel hopes to have 100 volunteers to assist with the 3.1 miles of clean-up of the brook which meanders through the center of Jacksonville. She says the response has been great from several churches and students from Illinois College and MacMurray College.

Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, soled shoes and work gloves. Drinking water and trash bags have been donated and additional clean-up items are planned to be purchased from a $500 Stream Bank Cleanup and Lakeshore Enhancement grant. Community members who are unable to participate in the clean-up are encouraged to collect litter in their neighborhood to help keep our community clean.

Registration begins at 8 a-m at Diamond Plaza with the clean-up starting at 8:30. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and everyone is required to sign a waiver.

Volunteers will be divided into small groups and will work in pairs. Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign-up in advance by calling Large Oldenettel at 370-4597 or by email at