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Harrodsburg And Burgin Are Cleaning Up

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Mercer County is preparing for Earth Day with several clean-up events planned.

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

The weather’s warming up and Mercer County’s getting ready for festival season. While the City of Burgin is holding their annual spring clean-up this week, other communities are holding their clean-ups on the week of Earth Day (Saturday, April 22). Here’s what we know so far.

Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and Bluegrass Greensource are partnering for the 2023 Main Street Clean Sweep on Friday, April 21, from 1-5 p.m. The event starts at the Chamber office on 101 South Main Street Suite 1. Jill Cutler, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, is the coordinator. For more information, call 859-734-2365 or email

Harrodsburg Baptist Church and the Harrodsburg First Main Street Program are joining forces for an Earth Day of Service on Saturday, April 22, focusing on cleaning up downtown Harrodsburg. Volunteers can sign up at

The City of Harrodsburg is holding community clean up starting Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28. Republic Services will pick up oversized items too large to fit into a standard container, including common household goods, home appliances, electronics and brush. Each street receives one pass. There is a limit of five items per home. Each item can weigh up to 75 pounds and must be no larger than four feet by six feet.

Republic will not accept oversized hazardous waste and other items such as chemicals, tires or car parts. Recycling has resumed in Harrodsburg. Once a month, Republic will pick up glass bottles and jars, cardboard, any paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles and jugs. Everything can go in the same container. While city officials stress they’re working to reduce the cost, the current price is $7.60 a month.

Anyone who wants to start can call city hall at 859-734-4971 extension 100 and provide their name and address. Only people who sign up will have to pay recycling fees.

The City of Burgin’s annual spring clean-up continues through Monday, April 10, with pick-up on April 10.

Burgin is also asking for volunteers to help with Burgin Fall Festival this year. This will be the first time Burgin is hosting the festival in years, and city officials hope to have it on the second weekend in September, Sept. 8 through 10. They are looking to establish a committee to plan the event and are asking for the public’s help. Contact astewart@cityofburgin or bsmith@cityofburgin if you’d like to lend a hand.

Shaker Village
Stewardship Saturday happens on the third Saturday of the month at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. On Stewarship Saturday, the Village asks for the public’s help maintaining nearly 40 miles of recreational trails. The next event is Saturday, April, 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Village is asking for help battling erosion, clearing invasive species and protecting one of Central Kentucky’s most popular outdoor spaces. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. They will use hand tools including shovels and loppers, and should wear leather work gloves and sturdy, closed-toe shoes or work boots. To enroll, call 859-734-5411 or email for more information.

Herrington Lake
The Herrington Lake Conservation League is the only organization chartered to maintain the lake. Over the past 20 years, the Conservation League have removed tons of wood, Styroforam, tires and other debris from the lake. To pay for all that work, the organization holds fund raisers throughout the year. Here are some of this year’s events.

• Thursday, April 20. Town meeting at the Oar House at Kamp Kennedy Marina (4646 Kennedy Bridge Road, Lancaster). Limited menu.

• Saturday, May 20. Pancake Breakfast at the Oar House at Kamp Kennedy Marina (4646 Kennedy Bridge Road, Lancaster). 9 a.m. to noon.

• Saturday, June 10. Community Clean-up Day. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date: Saturday, June 17. More details to come.

• Thursday, June 29. Fish Fry at Sunset Marina and Resort (325 Sunset Lodge Road, Lancaster). 5 to 8 p.m.

• Saturday, Aug. 5. Poker Run. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details to come.

• Friday, Sept. 22. Linda Alexander Memorial Golf Scramble at Old Bridge Golf Course (1 Old Bridge Road, Danville). More details to come.

You can make a tax-deductible donation by mail to HLCL, P.O. Box 404, Burgin KY 40310 or online at

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