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By Carissa Sitki
The Brussels Girl Scouts were out and about in Calhoun, picking up litter on Saturday, April 9, to earn some money in the “Cash for Roadside Trash,” anti-litter campaign taking place in the county. The Scouts, along with leaders and adult volunteers, worked on five different areas, cleaning up roads for three hours on the brisk, chilly morning.
Two groups worked near the Brussels Ferry Road area on Illinois River Road, one group started at the ferry landing and the other one worked towards the ferry, from Meyer Road. Other roads that the Scouts tackled were Gun Club Road, Illinois River Road from Golden Eagle Country Store toward the town of Brussels, and Krause Lane.
There were 18 of the troop’s 23 members who were able to participate in the group pick-up. Leaders are continuing to encourage the scouts and their families to pick up trash around their homes and in the community, until the Cash for Roadside Trash redeem date for turning in the bags of litter, on Saturday, April 23.
Scouts that participated were Cheyenne Brundies, Olivia Brodbeck, Hannah Klaas, Emma Rew, Megan Heffington, Madison Rew, Ava Tepen, Ellie Friedel, Lorelei Hartman, Alayna Lockwood, Aubree Behrens, Maggie Tepen, Kinsley Plummer, Lilly Tepen, Avery Stahl, Kaylee Behrens, Isabella Tepen and Abbie Friedel. Leaders included Diane Tepen, Nancy Robeen and Debbie Kamp.
There were approximately eight to 10 parent volunteers who assisted in keeping the girls safe and aware of approaching traffic.
Leader Debbie Kamp said, “Each year as the scouts work on this project, they ask the question, ‘Why do people throw their trash out?’ Typical roadside litter includes food containers, diapers, cans, glass bottles, plastic grocery bags, car parts such as wheels and even clothing. The Brussels Girl Scouts encourage everyone to not litter and help keep Calhoun County beautiful!”
Cash for Roadside Trash offers $2 per bag of trash collected from now until the redeem date. Bags must be official Calhoun Community Foundation bags that can be obtained in the lobbies of the Bank of Calhoun (Hardin and Brussels) and the lobbies of the Bank of Kampsville (Hardin and Kampsville). Sign-in sheets are also provided. On April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the trash will be collected at the Calhoun Highway Building south of Hardin, or the St. Mary’s parking lot in Brussels.