By Michael Kennedy
Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley held their annual cleanup day for the valley on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Again this year we had a below normal turnout of only around 20 people, and we did not have enough volunteers to cover all the routes. Thanks to everyone who did show up! Our goal each year is to clean up most of the major roads in the valley from Wandermere to Perry; Shady Slope to the top of the hill; Dartford to Hazard Road; Hatch Road to the pool; and Golden Road, Midway, and Colbert Road including some new area along US 395.
I would also like to thank the Camp Fire USA group, “Club Running Deer”, with the help of Mylene and Fred Warren who answered our call for help to refurbish our clean up signs. With a fresh coat of paint and new lettering, the signs look great and should last a number of more seasons. Thanks again!
We collected a lot of paper trash, miscellaneous wood, carpet, bottles, etc. Estimated total trash was 20 to 30 bags with some tires and metals. Good job!!
After the cleanup, an annual chili feed was held at Bart and Lindell Hagen’s house for those who helped out. A big thank you to those responsible for a great meal: Lindell Haggin for the chili, Roberta Ellis for the cornbread, Kirk Neumann for condiments, and Harla Jean Biever for the cookies. Thanks to all who helped with both cleanup and the cooking! As part of FLSRV annual spring litter pick-up day there are neighbors on our beautiful valley’s periphery doing the same: special thanks to Hatch Road’s Russell English and Jim Cooke; to Dr. Yarbro and children for looking after Dartford Road; and to Judge Wynecoop for litter patrol on the N/S Freeway’s “Children of the Sun Trail.”
Please mark your calendars for next year’s cleanup scheduled in April, 2016. We need your time and your continued support to help to keep our valley clean. This is also a good way to get to know your neighbors!