January 2010 Beach Cleanup Success - Thank you!

Our deepest gratitude and many thanks for helping to make this first cleanup of 2010 a tremendous success! First, to several businesses and organizations that support our cleanups on a regular basis: Peninsula Senior Activity Center, Jack's Country Store, Berry Patch Restaurant, Lantheman Productions, Buzy Beez, Long Beach Coffee Roasters, Sid's Market, Thriftway and 42nd Street Cafe ... and, as always, to the Chinook Observer for helping to spread the word with announcements and articles. An extra special thanks to those businesses who highlighted the cleanup in print or on their reader boards or displayed our banners: Chinook Observer, FunBeach.com, Long Beach Visitors Bureau, Taft Plumbing, The Bank of the Pacific, Raymond Federal Credit Union, Box K Auto, Sid's Market, Pioneer Market, city of Long Beach, Peninsula Senior Activity Center, Ocean Park Elementary and beachdog.com - thank you!

Our very special thanks to our countless volunteers who come and clean as well as the many who organize, develop newsletters, create signs and flyers, make soup, set up, clean up, make phone calls, answer e-mails, and so on. The ham operators continue to bring a new level of organization to the day of the cleanup, we are so grateful for their support. Occasionally, we have an emergency and others jump into action - a special thanks to George Hill for helping us remove a rather large piece of debris off the beach. Funding for the dumpsters came to a head this year. A newly formed group, the Marine Resource Committee, rescued us in the nick of time as did Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and State Parks. Individual donors who had pledged to help when needed came forth, too. I can't tell you how much we appreciate all the wonderful support this community gives us. It truly takes a community, a wonderful one, to pull this off.

To our Adopt-A-Beach groups and approach coordinators - thank you for your ongoing commitment, enthusiasm and caring: Friends of Columbia River Gateway, Sirens of Sea Crest Drive, The Breakers and Cutler Management, Lighthouse Resort, Larry Cook, Lions, Aubrey Freemantle, Stettner Family, Naselle Youth Camp, Surfside Homeowners Association, John and Rita Sporseen, Joe Johns Neighbors, Kiwanis Club, Sandy Stonebreaker, Life's a Beach, North Ocean Park Neighbors, Ken and Kathie Grover, Charlton and West family and friends, Shoalwater Birders, the Larys, Marcia Romito, Peninsula Rotary, Ilwaco H.S. Honor Society, Eerie 8s, Magnusons, the Frosts, Debby Moggio, Pilgrim Pat, Bev Arnoldy and Kelly Rupp, Tom and Sue Kennedy, Cheri and Russ Lewis, Alan Rammer, Nancey Olsen, Candy Cullen and Al Crawford, and all the wonderful volunteers and supporters - so many left unnamed but never unappreciated!

The soup feed was extra-special due to our cooks, Debby Halliburton, Gayle Borchard, Susan Clark, Steve Pollock, and the many treats from Ellen Anderson, Stacy, Kerry Amundson and several others whose names slipped by me. Great appreciation is extended to them by all who enjoyed the goodies so much. Wonderful clams were provided by Karen and Steve Grey - thanks, all! After the soup feed another crew (25 strong) came from Astoria Pointe Rosebriar to help clean a two-mile stretch of beach. A very welcome added boost we needed! Thank you!

So that people unfamiliar with the area can find the soup feed location, Paul Warren donated his materials, time and skill to make us two sturdy sandwich-board signs to place roadside. When Susi Frost's handiwork was added, these signs really helped lead us to the good food and socializing after the work of the cleanup. Many thanks to our volunteer who made us buttons, they were a big hit! Thanks to the donors for our raffle: Alan Rammer and Maura Sell and to all of you who purchased the tickets to the raffle!

My apologies to those I've missed; please know that we couldn't have had nearly the success without you. Thank you to everyone for helping!

Shelly Pollock, 665-5388

Very proud member of this community

The Grass Roots Garbage Gang is an all-volunteer, Washington state nonprofit group that cleans up the Peninsula beaches in SW Washington. Each January, April and July hundreds of volunteers clean the Peninsula's 25-mile beach. Support comes from incredible volunteers, local businesses, City of Long Beach and Washington State Parks. For more information visit (www.ourbeach.org)

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