Over 100 volunteers helped make and keep the city of Blanco and the Blanco River beautiful and clean on April 10 at the “Don’t Mess With Texas and the Blanco River Cleanup”. Dr. Weaver’s Boy Scouts and the BISD Ag students, along with several citizens, took to the river in kayaks or walked along the banks to pick up trash.
Four or five volunteers with trucks and trailers went up one street and down another to pick up throw-aways from people’s curbsides and deliver them to the Blanco City yard on Jones Road. They met up with other pickups, trucks, and trailers, with citizens of Blanco taking their own discarded items. The total count of vehicles entering the yard was 226. The city employees and some city council members manned this effort. Seven 30-yard roll-off dumpsters were filled to the brim, and a pile about the height of two stories was full of wood and burnable items. We will have the total weight of the metal collected at a later date.
Going up and down the streets of Blanco were approximately 70 adults and youth, cleaning up the easements, the schools, and the city parks. The crowd was really enthusiastic this year. They all wore chocolate brown shirts with The Eleventh Annual Keep Blanco Beautiful and River Cleanup and names of all the sponsors, patrons, and business members on the back in lime green. Blanco is so lucky to have these citizens and businesses join us with their memberships. This shows how much they love their town and desire to have it clean and healthy.
The “Food Crew,” led by Pat Vallone, did a great job of preparing the hotdogs, and we appreciate the donations by Super S of water, buns, and discounts on other food items. The courthouse crew, working to Beautify Blanco by installing the Master Landscape, was invited to join us. Rebecca Howerton held a drawing for the volunteer groups with students and young Blanco citizens. They all received a book about Texas. We want to start young people realizing they need to love our state and to take care of it.
Judy Dorsett always gets to head up the clean-up crew, and all pitched in to help.
Remember on April 24 from 8:00am to 12:00pm that KBB has joined the Blanco County Hazardous Waste Group to collect lead-acid batteries, tires, acrylic paint, oil, and electronics. This will be held at the Blanco County Yard on Jones Road. Please read the article on the front page to learn more about this effort.