Isn't It Amazing How...
By Jerry Cegelske
May 17, 2006
Saturday we had a cleanup day for the North Tongass Highway.
We didn't have enough volunteers to get everything cleaned up
or to get over to Revilla Road as we wanted to, although one
volunteer did work on Revilla.
I was privileged to meet someone I had never met before who turned
out to be a human dynamo! In four hours of hard work, she never
took a break except to drink two bottles of water despite collecting
and hauling trash from below the pull out at Mile 15.3 N. Tongass.
Her name is Lucy Leitz. She arrived just after 9:00 a.m. on
her bike which should have been a clue to her physical conditioning!
I was inspired by her efforts and helped her collect and haul
some of the trash from the steep slope. Below is a picture of
Lucy with the trash and household garbage collected within a
100 foot radius of the pull out.
Lucy Leitz with the
trash she collected at the pull-out at Mile 15.3
After Lucy had about twenty bags on the pull out with more bagged
below, one of the flaggers from the highway striping crew came
over and having observed the cleanup efforts, made the statement,
"Isn't it amazing how." . She then stated how her
father made them clean up their camping spot before they did
anything else on their camping trips. If you think about it,
her father was a wise man. They could then enjoy the area without
worrying about the trash and it was easy to keep it clean with
spots designated for their trash disposal.
I also got to meet Bill and Ann Hope who walked the highway picking
up trash. They collected about 15 bags of trash themselves and
would have collected more except that Ann was called away on
Aaron Anderson from the U.S. Coast Guard volunteered for a dirty
job of cleaning up the burn piles on Revilla Road. Aaron used
all the bags I gave him and then loaded his truck up with larger
trash he collected along the road. When he was done he took
it to the landfill for disposal and it amounted to 1700 pounds
of trash including the burn piles and nails he collected with
the wheeled magnet.
As I said it was unfortunate that we didn't have more volunteers.
Below are some pictures of a small amount of the material dumped
on Revilla Road that did not get cleaned up. If you go to Lake
Harriett Hunt, be careful as the mental giants of the community
have taken to burning pallets on the road and pull outs, thus
leaving hundreds of nails for you to drive over. It is a shame
that you cannot show visitors the beauty of this community without
also showing them the ugly side of our residents.
If you see Lucy, Bill or Ann Hope, or Aaron Anderson, thank them
for the work they did Saturday, the community owes them that.
Oh, the flaggers full statement was "Isn't it amazing how
stupid people are!"
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Jerry Cegelske is the Borough Code Enforcement Officer.
Trash collected at Mile 15.3
Burned mattress and
Burned mattress and
trash at Lake Harriett Hunt- note nails from the burned pallets
The mess left from
burned tires and pallets
Burned pallet remains
on road to Lake Harriett Hunt- Watch out for the nails
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