Rio Nido Task Force Beautification Committee Lead Jennifer Ostrom reports that this year’s Rio Nido Clean Up (held on July 9th and 10th) was a HUGE success! Thanks to our hard-working volunteers, dumpsters provided by Redwood Empire Disposal (with huge help from Pam Davis), and Dennis Judd/Cipora Properties who provided the Rio Nido Lodge as the clean-up site, we made major progress.
Despite the fact that budget cuts have drastically reduced resources vis-à-vis previous clean-ups, we got a LOT done! While volunteers on foot slogged along the roadside & through creek beds to collect trash and debris, the guys in trucks still managed to collect piles of junk from folks who can’t afford trips to the dump, plus tons of tree limbs, construction debris, tires, chunks of cement, and scary toxic substances which burned holes in the gloves of our very own intrepid garbage-picker, Kim Holliday!
Jennifer enthused that the cleanup truly exceeded her expectations and wanted to officially thank the contributors to the cleanup, which include (with apologies to those for whom we do not have last names):
Pamela Davis of Redwood Empire Disposal; Brad Metzger for copies & donuts (split with Homeowner’s Association); Domenic Farnocchia for logistics ; Matt Malik & Jay; Ingrid Emming & Nate Lester; Fred Beeler ; Johnnie Etheredge; Alexander;Thomas; Randi Watson; Jeremy; Kim Holliday; Frank; Matt Bedford; Ron Boles; Elisabeth Parker; Vicki Cunningham; and Ann Thomas
Future clean-ups: Jennifer aims to implement these clean-ups four times per year on a seasonal/quarterly basis. Several people chimed in that they would chip in for future such events, others suggested we might get RRROC funds for this.