, 2014

NAPS armada takes out the trash

MILA—On September 15, as part of the 2012 Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) Creek Clean-Up along the Great Wicomico River, an armada of 10 boats collected trash.

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Creek Clean Up volunteers on September 15 collected some 5,100 pounds of rubbish, including a length of cable about 50 feet long.

The effort included creeks from the mouth of Cockrells to the Glebe Point bridge, said Jay Walker. The staging area was the old Mila steamboat landing on property owned by Pamela Russell.

Omega Protein, represented by Monty Deihl, director of fishing plant operations and a NAPS board member, played a crucial role captaining the purse boat and providing lunch for all hands, port-a-potties, and the all-important dumpster.

NAPS President Bill Estell and board member Lynton Land planned and directed the cleanup operations.

Sixteen Northumberland High School students organized by Beta Club sponsor Jovita Kelly and five Boy Scouts led by Douglas Schaeffer made up the boat crews. Some of the students were doing a second tour of duty.

In addition, two LDS Church missionaries and a senior from Longwood University took part. Thirteen NAPS board members and spouses were on hand to set up the staging area, sort trash, and serve lunch.

After lunch, Pamela Russell related the history of Mila from its early settlement through her family’s farm and oyster/crab business to the present.

“None of this day’s success would have worked without the support of the Northumberland community, especially Omega,” said Estell. “We are fortunate to have a generous supporter in Pamela.”

On shore, volunteers sorted litter to be recycled, said Walker. The rest of the trash filled the dumpster. They collected some 5,100 pounds of rubbish.

Among the debris was an insulated one-inch-diameter cable about 50 feet long, a broken toilet bowl, a Sony TV, an automotive radiator, a smashed up kayak, and a very rusty trike, said Walker. Various pieces of lumber were picked up as well.

Other captains included Brian Wood, Blaine Altaffer, Spud Parker, Trevor Deihl, Frederick Rogers, Bill Crowther, Glenn Lester, Carter Fox and Mike Manyak.

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