Janet Pelletier | Ledger-News
Volunteers from Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen in Bartow County hoist items, such as trash bags, tires, furniture and even a small boat, into a Dumpster that were collected during the Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up at Victoria Landing Sept. 25. The pontoon boats were supplied by Russ Osborne, rental manager of Park Marina. Osborne also gassed them up, according to Wayne Biasetti, who coordinated that day’s cleanup. He also thanked Plant Bowen Manager Tim Bank. Other pickups were held Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 at different parts of the lake, where volunteers collected bagged trash that previously was gathered by some 4,200 people the Saturday prior. Mark Jolly, a volunteer from Plant Bowen, said he occasionally fishes on the lake and has done the trash pickup for more than 10 years. “I like to help out and clean up the lake,” he said, adding he remembers a time when the lake was “pretty trashy,” but has improved over the years with the event and education of lake users. Biasetti said several tires were retrieved from the lake, which are used as a wake break but become detached during storms. Officials are still totaling up the tonnage collected.