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Shore Sweep returns

LAWRENCEVILLE - Pick up those papers and the trash - or you don't get a shirt to stash. Gather debris from Lanier's shore or toss some styrofoam for the Corps.

Yakety yak, Shore Sweep is back.

The 19th annual cleanup event returns to Lake Lanier on Saturday.

At 14 participating marinas, including Lanier Harbor Marina in Gwinnett County, volunteers can gather to help pick up garbage around the lake.

Last year, the effort collected 28 tons of garbage and brought more than 1,100 volunteers out to help beautify the lake. Some of the more unusual finds included a water bed, a king-sized pillow, a tractor tire, a chunk of concrete with a candle in it, a submerged boat and a canoe full of holes.

Volunteers also collected cans and bottles, lawn chairs, cell phones, carpet and a wrench.

This year, the Lake Lanier Association - which organizes the event - is matching garbage with volunteers via its Web site. People who have noticed large accumulations of debris can give volunteers specific directions to the deposits, by land or by water.

Volunteers will get a T-shirt or Shore Sweep 2007 patch in exchange for a full garbage bag. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an appreciation party at Lanier Park on Buford Dam Road from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Volunteers from April's mini-Shore Sweep are also invited to the party, and asked to wear their Shore Sweep

T-Shirts.

Styrofoam collected on the lake can only be taken to Gainesville Marina, Aqualand Marina, Port Royale Marina (formerly Lan Mar Marina), Bald Ridge Marina, Clarks Bridge Park, Starboard Cove Marina, Sawnee Campground and War Hill Park.

For more information on the Shore Sweep, see www.lakelanier.org or call 770-503-7757.

SideBar: If you go

' What: Lake Lanier Shore Sweep

' When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with a party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

' Where: 14 marinas around Lake Lanier. See www.lakelanier.org or call 770-503-7757