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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure
Debbie Lammers suited up for the Fall Glen Ellen Town Clean-Up on Sept. 25.Photo by BJ Blanchard

By BJ Blanchard

There’s something about being up early on a sparkling Sunday morning in Glen Ellen, Autumn light streaming through chilled morning air, that makes one want to venture out and clean up the town!

A dozen local souls showed up to do just that last Sunday, Sept. 25, courtesy of the Glen Ellen Forum. They cheerfully accepted assignments, grabbed “Niftie Grabbers.” donned Day-Glo vests for safety, and ventured out in teams. Wandering down Dunbar Road, Madrone Road, Arnold Drive both ways, and the town center, cheerful residents picked up litter and debris, hauling it back to the Post Office parking lot for archeological and anthropological examination.

This year, 705 pounds of debris were picked up, which included bicycle frames, a bag of unused insulin syringes, 3 tires, rolls of barbed wire, a CD of John Denver’s Greatest Hits, and a strange package of something called ‘Taylor’s Cannabis Pre-Roll Wedding Cake’….

Prizes – chocolates from Wine Country Chocolates, candles from Sonoma 707, wines from Talisman and Laurel Glen Vineyards, Jack London Yacht Club, the Kenwood Press, and goodies from Les Pascals Patisserie – were given for The Biggest Haul, The Heaviest Load, The Most Unusual Find, and “Just because we love you.”

Thank you, Glen Ellen Forum for sponsoring this semi-annual clean-up effort.