Adopt-A-Highway News

Picklers Turn Trash Into Treasure-October 5, 2019

Saturday, October 5, was the 4th and final clean-up for 2019, accomplished by the SP Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. We welcomed 5 new first-time pickers: Janie Dicus, Janice Drickey, Sue Mason, Roger Mull and Bob Sester. The 14 SP volunteers tied up 27 bags and donated 34 total hours in sprucing in Hwy. 101 west of Sequim, between Dryke & Shore.

The ubiquitous Black Ball Ferry tickets caught Roger’s eye. Janie couldn’t overlook the dessicated deer carcass (yes, it’s still there). Richard, Bob and Goose overcame the urge to get on that ditched bike and ride. Sue, Janie and JoAnne had Andy Gibb and Neil Young songs looping through their heads as they picked up album covers and lp shards that at one time sounded great on a turntable. But the prize this time goes to Team 3—Michael, Christina, Roger and Pamela–who found a carved wood bear. No sooner had they lugged it to the side of the road and stacked it with the other trash bags than someone driving by spied a treasure they couldn’t pass up! Speed recycling!

Afterwards, the team members gathered for lunch at Applebee’s. If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount. And, thanks to the following SP volunteers. A star next to a name denotes a “superstar” who has participated in multiple pick-ups.

*Richard Cary*Michael Cooper*Christina Cunningham
Janie DicusJanice Drickey*David Goose
*Darrel JilesSue MasonRoger Mull
*Katinka NannaBob Sester*Ken Sorbel
*Pam Woodruff*JoAnne Yerkes

The “Sequim Picklers Pickleball Club” Adopt-A-Highway signs are posted so we are now officially the proud caretakers of a very clean section of a highway we all travel on a regular basis. The great news is that our efforts over this past year are visible. Our first pick-up in January netted 56 bags and took us 52 combined hours. The trash collected, and the time necessary to sweep the 4 miles, has continued to drop throughout this year. It’s great PR for the club and a great community service.

Our next effort is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2020. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at sequimpicklers@gmail.com. We have a reflective orange vest that will fit you perfectly! Who knows what you will find???

 

Ring the bell, wave the flag, sound the horns . . .Our sign is up!!  August 5, 2019.

 

Picky Picklers Proven Particular

Some were picky enough to prefer cigarette butts.  Others were particularly interested in larger fare.  But, all-in-all, the 14 SP volunteers provided a total of 37 precious hours and pinched 31 plastic bags of purloined trash!  

Saturday, July 27, was the third outing this year for the SP-sponsored Adopt-A-Highway volunteer participants.  Many voiced appreciation that the windy weather would not have made for a particularly pleasant play day.  See the photo gallery for more great pictures.

AAH Crew preparing to depart from Applebee’s parking lot.

A recounting of particulars:  3 gas cans, 1 garbage can sans matching lid, 1 garbage can lid sans matching can, a 5-gallon bucket proving useful for filling with nearby Styrofoam sheeting, a plethora of Black Ball Ferry tickets, a dessicated snake, a dessicated owl, and a beyond dessicated deer carcass.  Budweiser appears to be the beer of choice on the NOP . . . or maybe it’s just the beer of choice of litterbugs.  See what you non-volunteers are missing?!

Afterwards, the team members gathered for lunch at Applebee’s.  If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount.  And, thanks to the following SP volunteers.   A star next to a name denotes a “superstar” who has participated in multiple pick-ups.

*Rich Bemm*Mary Helen Benapfl Lee Bowen
*Richard Cary *Michael CooperChristina Cunningham
*David Goose *Katinka Nanna *Jolanda Schlund
*Lynda Schroeder Dave Shreffler*Ken Sorbel

*Pam Woodruff *JoAnne Yerkes

Thanks to Dave Shreffler for snapping some pics—they can be seen on the photo gallery.  Who knew orange was our color.

The “Sequim Picklers Pickleball Club” Adopt-A-Highway signs are at WDOT in PA and fingers crossed should be placed SOON approaching Dryke from the East (N. side of Hwy. 101), and  Fern (Shore) from the West (S. side of Hwy. 101).   Keep an eye out and let us know when you see them.

Our next effort will be in October.   If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at sequimpicklers@gmail.com.  We have a reflective orange vest that will fit you perfectly!

Submitted by JoAnne Yerkes 

7/27/19

Picklers “Trash” Hwy. 101 – AGAIN!

On Saturday, April 27, 12 dedicated picklers trolled both sides of Hwy. 101 between Dryke & Shore, removing 31 bags of trash.  This effort on the part of SP volunteers was the second Adopt-A-Highway litter patrol so far this year.  There was wind to deal with but the efforts by the January 5 team paid off as there was much less trash to pick up and our overall time was cut by close to 2/3!  

Afterwards, the team members met at Applebee’s for lunch.  If you see him, thank Applebee’s GM Dustin for giving us a 10% discount.  And, thanks to the following SP volunteers.   If there is a star next to their name, they are “superstars” as they have participated in both pick-ups:

Kathy Cooper*Michael CooperDiane Froula
David GooseDarrel JilesPatricia Knapp
*Christy MarazonKatinka Nanna*Lynda Schroeder
*Ken Sorbel*Pam Woodruff*JoAnne Yerkes

To do a bit of a twist on a well-known phrase, they say that community service is its own reward.  If so, Patricia Knapp was rewarded twice as she found $5.  Good eye Patricia!  And Ken Sorbel “went the extra mile”.  Katinka drove the car parked at the end point of Team 2’s section, which the team would walk back to, picking up trash along the way.  Ken drove the car parked at their starting, offload spot.  When the team finished their mile patrol and reached Katinka’s car they realized that her keys were in Ken’s car.  So, yes, Ken walked the extra mile back to his car, then drove to where Katinka and Lynda waited at Katinka’s car.  Thanks Ken for going that extra mile!

Once again, JoAnne neglected to get a group picture of the orange-vested gathering.  If any teams have pictures to share, please do so.  And thanks again for your efforts!

Our next effort will be in July.   Hopefully by then WDOT will have placed signs acknowledging that Sequim Picklers have “adopted” this section of 101 between PA and Sequim, and drivers seeing us at work will no longer mistake us for members of the chain gang!  If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, let us know at sequimpicklers@gmail.com.

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Submitted by JoAnne Yerkes