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Tenth Annual Blanco Trash Off Day Once Again Successful
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 • Posted April 7, 2009

The 2009 KBB “Trash Off” and “Blanco River Cleanup” was a huge success! One hundred and fourteen adults, students, and little people worked from 8am until noon on Saturday morning to help clean up the city easements, parks and riverbanks. Al Turner, Danny Ray, Eric Moses, John Jones and Jud Prince and their helpers drove their trucks and trailers up one street and down another in Blanco to pick up curbside discarded items that the citizens could not get to the dump by themselves.

Pamela Capps led the Blanco River Cleanup with the Blanco AG department teacher, Jason Marek and seven AG and shop students, plus other volunteers, Dr. John Weaver and 10 Boy Scouts.

This was the 3rd annual river cleanup and Pam reported that there is not nearly as much litter as there was the first year. This is a good indication that people are picking up their trash when they leave the river from fishing or picnicking. We will continue to work toward better waterway litter prevention education. The two groups will each have a drawing for “The Story of TEXAS” book by John Edward Weems.

The Trinity Lutheran Church youth group led by Jim Raby and Kelle Combert won the grand prize for the most participants for the city cleanup. They had 16 in their group and KBB’s Rebecca Howerton presented them with the “Don’t Mess With Texas” book.

Amy Petri led the FCCLA, high school group with 6 participants. This group also leads the efforts for cigarette litter prevention and is working on the selection of cigarette litter containers for the City of Blanco. Amy is on the Board of KBB and is co-chair of the education committee. Pamela Meiers co-chairs with Amy and is a strong leader in the Blanco Middle School for environmental education. Rachel Calconzit won a book on Texas at their drawing.

The Blanco Lion’s Club, led by Nan Mikes, had 7 adults, 5 youth and three members of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, led by Bradley Hamman and worked in two of the heaviest littered areas. Nancy Stephenson and Bradley Hamman’s names were both drawn to receive books about Texas.

The Laura McClinton family were with us for the 10th year. Laura, Travis, Leslie and Jamie were instrumental with our very first annual trash off in 2000. They were able to bring their experience to Blanco from prior trash offs that they had participated in Sanger, Texas. Jamie’s picture at 3 years old was on our first brochure holding a big trash bag. Leslie and Jamie both received books for environmental protection by kids.

Another original family and friends that were with us for our 10th anniversary were Charlene and Raymond Singleton, Yalene Hobbs, Phyllis Edmondson (she comes from Alvin to help) and Laura and Christa Mabrito. They are one of our dedicated groups who work all year to keep Blanco cleaned up.

There were approximately 10 citizens who signed in late who joined with us to clean the streets.

While we were hard at work in town, 17 city employees and helpers guided over 100 trucks and trailers into the city yard on Jones Road to fill up eight 30-yard dumpsters, dump brush and burn items and leave tons and tons of appliances to be recycled by the city.

The KBB group, Glenn Johnson, Tommy Vallone, and Armando Pena grilled weiners and helped with distributing the t-shirts, while Pat Vallone and Lisa Granberg served hot dogs, nachos, chips and water. Retta Martin and Rebecca Howerton helped with shirts and awards and photography. Judy Dorsett always gets to join us for the hard work of cleanup.

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