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Lake Cleanup Day to be held April 13


All are invited to volunteer at Lake Cleanup Day at Lake Junaluska, to be held Saturday, April 13. This annual event will focus on clearing debris that has collected along the shorelines and entrance roadways.

The Junaluskans, working in conjunction with Lake Junaluska staff, organized the event. The Junaluskans are a volunteer organization of Junaluska residents and other persons who love Lake Junaluska. The group will provide coffee and snacks for participants, as well as supplies such as garbage bags, litter pick-up sticks and gloves. Canoes will also be available to help clean from the water. 

During the last Lake Cleanup Day, volunteers removed more than eight tons of trash. Ken Zulla, a member of the Junaluskans and a resident of Lake Junaluska, has helped organize this event since 2001. He said people from the surrounding communities, especially those who walk at the lake, enjoy having the chance to give back.

“Lake Cleanup Day brings out a special spirit of community and friendship,” Zulla said. “Volunteers realize what an important asset Lake Junaluska is in terms of exercise, health and family. One person last year drove all the way from Greenville just to give back because this is one of his favorite running areas in all of the Carolinas.”

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own equipment where possible. Helpers of all ages are welcome to be part of the cleanup, but adult chaperones should accompany youth. The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the Kern Center (near the pool) to get organized. 

The event will go on rain or shine, and is expected to wrap up by noon. All work will be done outside, so volunteers should dress accordingly for the weather and for potentially muddy conditions around the lake. People with canoe experience are needed, and Lake Junaluska local Tim Jacobs will give a brief safety talk for those using canoes.

No pre-registration is required, but volunteers will be asked to sign-in upon arrival on April 13. 

The wider Haywood County community has a second chance to serve, as Lake Junaluska staff and residents will be participating in Beautification Day on Thursday, April 4, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Projects for Beautification Day are based on staff and community recommendations and include cleaning signs, power washing, painting and more. Contact Kenneth Ratcliffe to sign up for Beautification Day projects at

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Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745