Creek cleanup tons of work, fun
The Rifle Chambers’ Rifle Creek Cleanup netted two tons of trash.”Finally, somebody cares,” said Nancy Sanchez, who lives along Rifle Creek. “We pulled out an old mattress that I know has been there for at least five years.”The first Rifle Creek Cleanup was staged Saturday. More than 50 people turned out to enjoy a beautiful morning and show their community pride.”We pulled all manner of things out of Rifle Creek,” said Jim Handzus, participating Rifle Chamber member and owner of Sip & Surf. “Shopping carts, bicycles, a washing machine, dryer, hot water heater, boat lift and lots of tires, along with dead-fall trees and the usual trash.”This event was organized by the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce. The entire community was invited.”Everyone had a great time,” said Linda Hunter, Chamber organizer and owner of Shale Country Liquor Store. “After lunch and before the band, we launched our Rubber Ducky Derby. The kids went wild and had a ball – or a duck , I should say,” said Hunter.The Chamber’s Rifle Creek Cleanup targeted a section of Rifle Creek between 9th and 16th Streets in Rifle. The entire section was cleaned and the water flow dramatically improved.”Special thanks go to our primary Chamber sponsor, City Market, for lunch,” said Richard Klingler, executive director of the Rifle Area Chamber. “We also want to thank Ben-Rex, Rifle Domino’s and McDonald’s for donating prizes for the kids. Also, thanks to BFI for the containers and hauling.”
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