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News: 11/01/2019

Country road clean-up in Glen Ellen

By BJ Blanchard
glen ellen volunteer group
Above, L to R: Paul Goguen, Laurie Pile, Janie Soto, Doug McAdam, and Melissa Dowling ready to get down and dirty.
Despite impending gale-force winds, six stalwart volunteers spread out in teams to clean up Glen Ellen’s bucolic country roads on Saturday, Oct. 26. Tired of empty vodka bottles, burger wrappers and cigarette butts scattered along the roadsides, the Projects Committee of the Glen Ellen Forum jumped on this opportunity to enhance the environment.

Janie Soto, Laurie Pile, Jody Davies, Doug McAdam, Melissa Dowling and Paul Goguen charged forth along Warm Springs Road, Dunbar Road, O’Donnell Lane and Arnold Drive to pick up detritus from ditches and grassy walkways. Collections of leafy debris along the edges of the town bridge roadway were loosened and swept up by Paul Goguen.

microwave found in glen ellen
Jody Davies with a working microwave found in a ditch.
In past campaigns, volunteers discovered a gun, and later a pair of underpants, among the found-objects. This time, a massive microwave oven was retrieved from a ditch, seemingly in operating condition. All in all, a whopping 68 pounds of rubbish was collected and taken to dump facilities.

In spring 2020, the Glen Ellen Forum will celebrate Earth Day in mid-April with another foray into the countryside, selecting sites that seem to collect the most rubbish. Who knows what mysterious surprises they may find in the tall grass!

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