Wareham Area Litter Mob Kicked Trash, Along the Wareham River!
What a fabulous day along the river! Who would believe Jan 8th would be sunny, in the upper 40s and no snow? As soon as Henry and I arrived at our meeting spot, other Mobsters came storming in. As is her way, Karen Spinks was first to dive in and start filling her barrel. Harbormaster Gary Buckminster, and his assistant, Jamie McIntosh, handed out heavy trash bags; and in minutes the tracks and river banks were loaded with Mobsters. If I counted correctly, there were 33 of us; including, Andy Costello, Sandy Slavin, Mickie McTerna, Jennifer MsGuiggan, Mike Russell, Jim & Mary Bruce, Kathy Cahill, Paula & Steve Mueller, Mark Tower, Cheryl, Mike & Josh Flaherty, Barbara Maciejewski, Kris and Andy Thompson, John & Connie Wiliszauski, Maureen DeWitt, Joyce & Johannes, Ann P. Hammond, Barbara Thomas, the Café Soleil family, and Joe Chruniak. Before long we had exceeded out goal of reaching the Train Depot and were headed toward the Narrows Bridge; where it got really ugly! We were in the bushes, scaling rocks and combing the tracks. Many folks repeated the same comments, "Wow, what a mess", "Wow, it's beautiful here", "Wow, I had no idea", Wow, this is a perfect day", "Wow, this was a great idea, "Wow, many hands make easy work", Wow!" And there we were, all the way down to the bridge, all loaded up. Most of us were too pooped to continue, however, the Harbormasters lead a crew of about ½ dozen Mobsters over to Bessie Park, where they finished the perfect STORM! Several times my son, Henry, stopped to tell me, "Mom, you did this." I had to tell him, "No Bud, WE did this. By myself I would still be behind the firehouse, spitting and sputtering, knowing it was a hopeless cause. Together, WE made a difference." Truth is, you all made a dream come true for me. I love this river; it's my sanctuary, my respite, my comforting friend. My greatest hope is that when folks come here and see it clean, they will keep it clean. Thank you all; for coming out, joining in, working hard and making Wareham a better place.. We are so grateful for all the help from Harbormaster, Gary Buckminster and Assistant Harbormaster, Jamie McIntosh; with out you we would have a huge pile of trash to contend with. Also, special thanks to Marie Viljoen; this really was a great idea!
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