Take pride in KETCHIKAN
By Jerry Cegelske
March 25, 2006
I would like to thank all the groups and individuals that take
the time to help keep Ketchikan a cleaner place to live than
it would be without their efforts and dedication. Frequently
they do their work unnoticed by many of us until it dawns
on us that the trash we saw in the ditch last week is now
gone, or we see the yellow bags along the road!
"Thanks" to the group that cleaned up South Tongass
from Forest Park to the Coast Guard base a few weeks ago.
They didn't even leave the bags along the road but chose to take
them to the landfill themselves. They contacted me and
asked for more bags for the next time! Wish there wasn't
a need for "the next time"!
Spring cleanup week is fast approaching, but you don't need to
wait that long. Take the time to clean up the yard (and
ditches while you're at it) and take it, all the trash and junk
household items you have been thinking about getting rid of to
the landfill. They charge for very few items from residential
The 2006 Ketchikan Road Trash Tour is starting at 9:00 am, Saturday,
April 15 at the pullout at Mile 15.3 North Tongass Highway.
We will focus on cleaning up nine different areas on
North Tongass. We will then move to Revilla Road
to clean up all that the inconsiderate slobs have left for us
to remove after the last cleanup.
The kind managers of the local businesses have donated food and
drinks for a hamburger- hot dog barbeque at the Ward Lake
shelter for cleanup participants after the areas get cleaned
up. I greatly appreciate their generosity.
Many of the people that helped clean Revilla Road last year had
fun and the satisfaction of seeing the results of their
efforts in a cleaner Ketchikan. It was amazing how
much trash was collected by a group of dedicated people. The
Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Ketchikan Youth Court did a
fantastic job in their area! I especially enjoyed the fact
that a little girl asked her mother to come to the cleanup and
they spent several hours together picking up trash. A
nice inspiration as several people commented on their work.
Please consider joining us- you will have fun with your kids,
friends, meet new friends and get some exercise along
with a sense of a job well done.
Take pride in KETCHIKAN- IT'S YOUR HOME!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Jerry Cegelske is the Ketchikan Borough Code Enforcement
Officer and is attempting to work with residents to clean up
100 years of accumulated trash and junk scattered around the
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