Gravina Island Clean-up Begins
By Jerry Cegelske
September 02, 2006
Abandoned boat interior
The Gravina Island Clean-up will start this Saturday September
2nd at 8:30 am, and continue at 8:30 am on the 3rd, 9th and 10th.
Participants should meet at the Harbormaster's office for transportation
to Gravina. Having walked the shoreline, I have to say there
are many interesting items scattered in the tree line and on
the beach. Some of the barges have square spikes about a foot
long in them. There are heavy chains and other items used in
the logging industry. I found a drivers license from Nevada several
Unless you have been on one
of the clean-ups, it is hard to understand the fun and sense
of accomplishment you get from participating in the cleanup.
Showing the items you find to the volunteers around you can produce
laughter and questions on how the item got there. It makes for
a fun day. Looking back on a clean section of beach with bags
piled high with trash gives you a sense of satisfaction that
you helped make Ketchikan a cleaner and better place to live.
Your efforts are appreciated by the community even though I may
be the one the comments are addressed to. The spoken appreciation
comments belong to the volunteers that do the hard work. Your
efforts will be noticed and commented on.
There will be a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs, soda, chips
and cases of water for participants.
Bring a backpack to carry your necessities, snacks, found treasures
and other materials. Good boots, gloves, raingear and warm clothing
are also suggested items.
Businesses have responded with agreements to take materials to
be recycled such as batteries and scrap metal. The City, through
the Harbormaster's office is providing transportation. They are
also taking the trash for disposal at the landfill. This is a
community effort requiring community participation to clean up
a community problem. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
I hope to see you on the beach!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Received: August 30, 2006,
published by SitNews September 02, 2006.
About: Jerry Cegelske is a
Code Enforcement Officer with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
$125,000 Grant & Volunteers Will
Put Bite on Gravina Litter
- For several years Ketchikan Borough Code Enforcement Officer
Jerry Cegelske said he's received telephone calls from concerned
community members asking if something couldn't be done about
the abandoned boats and trash on Gravina Island. Not only is
this trash an eyesore but also a hazard to navigation and to
the safety of people using the beaches in the area. - More...
Thursday - August 10, 2006
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