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By Jerry Cegelske


March 22, 2016
Tuesday PM

North end residents were treated to some roadside daffodils on Sunday and Monday morning as the Dixon Entrance Chapter of the Society of American Foresters did their regular cleanup of mile 6 of the North Tongass Highway Sunday morning. The Chapter regularly cleans their section of road every three months or so, collecting the accumulated trash and keeping their mile clean. Thank them for their dedication when you have the chance. They do a fantastic job keeping this area clean.

Also working to decorate and clean mile three on North Tongass Sunday morning was Local 1547 of the IBEW. They also cleaned up the Wolf Point lookout which is frequently visited by residents. There were about 15 members working to clean the areas which were heavily littered the past months. Mile 3 runs from just past the airport parking lots to just before Don King Road and for some reason gets heavily littered with trash.


For those unable to view their handiwork before it was removed by the Alaska Department of Transportaion road crews, there were 51 yellow ALPAR bags in a row along with other material collected in that area. Another 14 bags were on the other side of the road when members walked and cleaned the road from there to Don King Rd.

Community members have noticed how clean the roadway looks now that the Local cleaned the area. People commented that when litter accumulates in the ditches, it becomes normal and you no longer pay attention to it, but when it is removed you notice how clean and nice the area looks. Hopefully community members will work to keep it looking as nice as Local 1547 made it look on Sunday.

Take time to say “thanks” to the Local members for their work and spending their personal time making our community look better which helps all of us. Thanks also the Highways crew which for years has been picking the “roadside daffodils” collected by the various groups collecting the highway trash and litter. All three groups deserve our appreciation for their work and dedication in keeping our community clean.

Jerry Cegelske
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received March 21, 2016 - Published March 22, 2016

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