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Sterling Blog: Stream cleaning

You often drive along the road and see people cleaning up highways. In fact, I’ve volunteered to do so both in college and with the Sterling Foundation. You’ll be pretty surprised what you’ll find along a roadway. Beyond the gross stuff, there are just weird things—like unbroken eggs and a lonely shoe. Then you go home and promise never to throw anything out your car window again … ever.

On April 29, the Sterling Foundation—our own local heroes—sponsored Sterling Project Clean Stream, which cleaned up an amazing two miles of Cabin Branch Creek. This creek runs from Broad Run stream, just west of Route 28, meanders through Sterling, and ends right around Guilford Elementary. Sadly, some people litter and their trash finds its way into our waterways. Not only is this unsightly and embarrassing, but it can be hazardous to the wildlife.

With the help of 55 volunteers, including local families, members of the Sterling Foundation, employees of Annapolis-based Johnson Controls and students from Park View High School, more than 10 tons of trash was removed from Cabin Branch. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the weight of the average African Bush elephant, which comes in at a scrawny 8.2 tons. The group collected 200 pounds of recycling and found proper homes for a sectional couch, a set of old windows and three car batteries.

Thank you so much to the Sterling Foundation and their many partners in this effort for making Sterling more beautiful and healthy. You can read all about their efforts, see pictures and sign up to join in the fun next time at SterlingFoundation.org/stream.

Last week, one of our new neighbors, Burtons Grill, located in Cascades Overlook, stopped by our newest neighbor, Sterling Library, and brought lunch to the staff. Thank you to Burtons for being such a great addition to Sterling and doing your part to welcome our stunning library, which is already proving a hub of activity.

A teenager of my acquaintance often walks over there after school to study with friends—which never happened before Sterling Library had a dedicated Teen Center.

Every Friday evening, the Sterling Library will be hosting “Teen Fridays” starting at 6 p.m. This weekend, it’s Improv hosted by Washington Improv. Next weekend, May 19, it’s anime and manga club. Check with the library online at library.loudoun.gov/Locations-Hours/Sterling or go to their new location in Sterling Plaza to find out what will be going on that week.

About the Sterling Foundation

Memberships for families, businesses, and civic groups are affordable. Members support hyper-local community action. The non-profit and volunteer efforts clean up and beautify Sterling Park, support recreation and the arts, develop their network of partnerships and make you feel even better about living in Sterling Park. With at least one community event a month, the Foundation brings neighbors together! Lookout for the next Boulevard cleanup, exciting new projects, fundraisers and partnerships with youth groups and business. It is all about living, working and prospering in Sterling!

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