The Ausable Acres Spring 2021 Roadside Clean Up is confirmed for Saturday, May 1st. It’s planned as a self-guided event this year which allows you to create your own schedule for pick up. Last time, members were able to take their bags with them and dispose of at home but, in case you can’t, you can leave them behind the pavilion where they’ll be collected and properly disposed of.
NOTE: if you can’t make it on May 1st, please feel free to do so before or after Saturday, May 1st! That said, you’ll have to dispose of your own garbage.
A copy of the active Adopt a Road member list is included below. Should you decide to become a member and adopt a section of your neighborhood road(s) please feel free to contact me. Happy to add your name(s)! In fact, a special plea to anyone able to adopt parts of Ausable Drive between Cross St. and Church St.!
I encourage all active Adopt a Road members and otherwise concerned neighbors, to get started on their cleanup. It would be a welcome sight to enjoy clean pathways and garbage free roadsides! All thanks to you!
Adopt a road volunteers Joyce Philips-Fir St. Tricia Koch & Rich Apelt – Tannenbaum, Evergreen & Spruce. Kathy DeFina-Sawmill from Sequoia Mtn to Summit Diane and John Mehrman-first section of AuSable Dr. Off 86 Lynne and Bill Johnson-Oneida Lane and Sequoia Mountain Lane from the junction with Oneida to the turn -around at the end. Marisol & Knut Sauer-Ridgetop, Hawthorne and Maple Lane Frank Krueger-Ausable Drive from Lakeside to Ridgetop and Sawmill from Alder to Ausable Drive. Jim Haig-Oak Hollow Rd., around lake and silver trail, Cherry St. and Butternut Jim Jacob- AuSable Drive between the two Oak Hollow signs. Bob and Lou Moriarty-River Road and Cascades Susan & Steve Albert – Raccoon Lane Cori Potter – Red Fox Drive and Sequoia Mountain Lane Laurie & Rick Conney – AuSable Drive, from Ridgetop to blue trailhead Charlie & Elise Roller – Evergreen and Ridgetop
Above are new winter trail signs that are about to be posted. You may have noticed the significant increase in our trail usage, which is a good thing. It’s nice to see so many people exercising safely outdoors during this awful pandemic. We do need to be aware that, during the winter, our trail system is used for a variety of activities. We need to be mindful that your use of the trails doesn’t ruin the trails for other activities. If we ever get some deep snow, fingers crossed, “barebooting” can be a serious problem. Please use snow shoes. At the moment, ice on the trails is increasing and the use of microspikes is an important piece of safety equipment to at least bring with you on your hike.
Many thanks to Team Provost on their successful roadside cleanup! Dad Cory with daughters, Mila (8yo) and Bristol (9yo) tackled Cedar St over the holiday weekend and left it looking so much better for their efforts! Cory Prevost was keen to use the project as a positive learning experience for her daughters and by the looks on their faces, I think we can say, mission accomplished!
We all know how much of a challenge it is to keep our neighborhoods clean so, thanks to everyone who participates.
I hope you’re well and taking good care. I wanted to remind you that this could be a good time to fulfill your fall roadside cleanup commitment. Of course, any time of year is a good time but, right now before the snow flies and the ground gets covered, is especially good! I finished my stretch on Sunday and within an hour I had collected #2 large bags of waste and walked 3 miles. It felt great!
Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to be added to our roster. Everyone is welcome to participate; whether it’s the road you live on and/or use frequently, the more conscientious people caring for our resources, the better!
AAPOA Trail Committee is hosting a trail cleanup day on Oct. 10. Please meet at the pavilion at 10:00 a.m. Participants will be asked to select a trail to hike and police for litter and to trim overhanging brush or branches. Please bring pruning shears and a bag for litter. Participants will be back in plenty of time for the general membership meeting. Contact Bill Gibney at email@example.com with any questions.