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Glen Ellen Forum holds successful semi-annual town cleanup

Glen Ellen Forum holds successful semi-annual town cleanup
Kenwood Press Editor in Chief cleans the Glen Ellen Bridge. The Glen Ellen Forum projects committee and volunteers removed 335 pounds of rubbish from Glen Ellen streets.Photo by Melissa Dowling

By Melissa Dowling

A dozen volunteers from as far away as Santa Rosa met in the Glen Ellen Post Office parking lot on Sunday, March 6, for a fun morning of cleaning up trash along Glen Ellen’s pastoral roads. Laurie Pile, the chair of the Glen Ellen Forum’s Projects Committee, which hosted the event, reported that the team collected 335 pounds of rubbish. Chris Lammers of Glen Ellen helped the volunteers load the junk into his truck, separated the metals, recyclables, and trash, and took the rubbish to the disposal site in Petaluma.

Local businesses and nonprofits, including Wine Snob*, Laurel Glen Vineyard, Schermeister Winery, Jack London State Historic Park, the Glen Ellen Star, the Jack London Yacht Club, the Glen Ellen Fair Association, the Glen Ellen Forum, and the Kenwood Press donated prizes for the event. According to Pile, the prizes were originally intended for winners in categories such as “most interesting item found” and “most trash collected,” but the local businesses and organizations were so generous everyone who participated got a prize.

The Glen Ellen Forum will host its next trash cleanup in October. The Kenwood Press will announce the date in the October 1 issue.

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