New Canaan's 2010 Clean-Your-Mile Campaign is right around the corner, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, to celebrate spring and Earth Day. Both individuals and organizations are participating in this annual effort to rid street sides and public spaces of accumulated garbage.

The sponsors -- the New Canaan Garden Club, Rotary Club of New Canaan, New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank announce numerous participants, to date, including the Exchange, Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, ABC House, Chamber of Commerce, Community Baptist Church, Garden Center of New Canaan, National Charity League, New Canaan Old Timers/Athletic Alumni Association, New Canaan Garden Club, New Canaan Library, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan Red Cross, New Canaan YMCA, Outback Teen Center, and Service League of Boys as well as hundreds of individuals who have committed to clean their neighborhoods.

This year, the Rotary Club will supply free garbage bags to all Clean Your Mile volunteers; bags are available for pickup at both the Department of Public Works in Town Hall, the Department of Inland Watercourses at Irwin Park and TD Bank. Garbage bags can be deposited into the designated dumpsters at Waveny Park and the Train Station Commuter lot on Clean Your Mile weekend.

It's not too late to sign up to help. Those interested in participating in this spring cleanup should call or e-mail Catharine Sturgess at 966-2747 or sturgess2268@gmail.com.

The sponsors thank all the participants for their commitment to the beauty and health of our community and offer suggestions to motorists and pedestrians during the Clean-Your -Mile campaign.

Motorists should:

"¢ Make a complete stop at stop signs.

"¢ Look both ways while stopping at stop signs. Pedestrians should be approaching from the right.

"¢ Drive within the speed limit. Speed limits are set to coincide with road conditions.

"¢ Don't use cell phones while driving; it is against the law.

"¢ Give pedestrians a berth, if possible, or slow down or stop to let them pass if there is oncoming traffic.

"¢ Don't honk in annoyance at volunteers. Instead, thank them in appreciation, or better yet, give them a helping hand.

"¢ Don't throw objects out of the vehicle. It defeats the efforts of others.

Pedestrians and volunteers are advised:

"¢ The right side of the road is the wrong side on which to walk. Always walk facing the traffic; this enables you to walk (or jump) out of harm's way.

"¢ Use the sidewalks and crosswalks where available; otherwise stay to the edge of the roadside.

"¢ Wear brightly colored and comfortable clothing visible to motorists.

"¢ Wear gloves.

"¢ Be conscious of ticks and poison ivy roots.

"¢ Stay alert.