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Port de Grave Heritage Society pushing peninsula-wide cleanup

By Mark Squibb/June 9, 2022

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc., is hosting a weekly community cleanup the next couple of Saturday mornings, and hopes that folks will come out to lend a hand.

Anyone interested in tidying up the peninsula can meet at the Annex Building in Bareneed at 10 a.m. each Saturday morning up until June 18. An additional June 25 clean up may be scheduled, weather permitting.

The first clean up was held on Saturday, May 28.

“The weather wasn’t all that great, but we had several people come out and help clean different areas of the peninsula, so that was awesome,” said Joyce Morgan of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society. “And we’re hoping that more people will come out.”

The Society is hosting the clean ups with funding from the Multi Materials Stewardship Board and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Come Home Year 2022 Community Cleanup program, and hope to get the work done ahead of tourist season.

“We’re hosting Come Home Year celebrations August the third to seventh, and we want to get the peninsula nice and tidy and cleaned up for all the visitors we’re hoping to get,” said Morgan.

Port de Grave is synonymous with the Christmas time annual boat lighting, but Morgan says there is plenty to do on the peninsula in the summertime as well. She recommends that visitors, either from near or from far, check out the Fisherman’s Museum and Green Point Lighthouse, do some whale watching, or participate in a local walking tour.

“There’s people coming for Come Home Year, and hopefully they come to the Port to Grave peninsula,” said Morgan.

The Society will provide clean up supplies and t-shirts to those who show up. The Society’s members will also be planting flowers at key points throughout the peninsula.

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