Saturday Morning Clean-Ups | Volunteer Opportunity

Contributed by Ila Verdirame

On the cool blustery, Saturday morning of April 21 six intrepid road warriors set out on a mission. Their goal to clean up a two mile span of the Baltimore Pike that is in the care of the Lake Heritage Fishing Club.Led by long time road clean up leaders Tom and Nina Dolly, volunteers Brian and Phyllis French and Matt and Ila Verdirame ventured out with gloves, bags, and pickers to meet the challenge of road clean up. They picked and filled ten large black garbage bags!

This is the 25th year that the Fishing Club has cleaned this portion of Baltimore Pike. The clean up project was initiated by the late famed Bob Bates. The clean-up has capably run by Tom and Nina for the past dozen years. During this time, Tom and Nina went out 4 times a year to set up flags and co-ordinate the clean-up. Sometimes with very little help. They estimated that they have picked up over 500 bags of trash and 50 pounds of aluminum cans.

However, this shall be their last time running the clean-up as they have passed the torch into the capable hands of Matt and Ila Verdirame. Matt and his wife are enthusiastic about their new assignment but are somewhat wary due to the lack of volunteers over the last few years.

Matt and Ila are asking for your help with this very important project. We are responsible for the road clean-up every other month from April to October on the morning after the monthly Fishing Club meetings. The clean-up starts early on Saturday morning and with enough help takes less than one hour. The optimum would involve 3 person squads cleaning a one-half mile stretch. Gloves, bags, vests and snacks are provided.

The next road clean-up will be on Saturday, June 9, starting at 8:00 AM meet at the entrance parking area to get involved. We need your help!