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Thank You for Trash Cleanup
by Jerry Cegelske


September 28, 2004

I would like to thank Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Ketchikan Youth Court, Gretchen Klein and others that participated in the trash cleanup on North Tongass this weekend.  Even though they have not signed up for a section of the highway, they have taken the time to clean up one of the dirtiest, most littered sections of road in Ketchikan.  This is not the first time many of them have done so.
On my drive in on Monday, I observed trash bags, yellow, black, and white along with piles of trash that could not be put in a bag for over a mile.  At about 9:30 I went out to photograph them for Sitnews and they had already been picked up by Nick Farstad and his crew from the State Highways Department.  The ditches looked great!
If you get a chance, take the time to thank them for their efforts.  If it weren't for them and many others like them, the Society of American Foresters, the Boy Scouts, and others, imagine what the ditches around Ketchikan would look like.  They are donating a rare and precious comodity to the residents of the Borough, their TIME, as well as their physical efforts in order to correct a problem that many refuse to take responsibility for, their trash.  Along with their selfless efforts, they are also risking their well being in their exposure to traffic along the road.
I am sure they would encourage other groups and residents to take the time to get involved in cleaning up the community, you don't have to wait for clean-up days to do it.  Just get a bag and start!
To everyone that has helped in cleaning up trash in the Borough "THANKS"!  Your efforts are applauded and appreciated.

Jerry Cegelske
Code Enforcement - Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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