GREG GREEN (above), and his wife, Ketti, (not pictured), were among the volunteers helping out at clean-up day Saturday.

Cleanup Day - Another big job and well done

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Big Lake Township hosted the area’s annual clean-up day at their public works building on 166th Street Saturday.
Volunteers from the city of Big Lake, Big Lake Township and Orrock Township helped track the trash, collect fees and unload their neighbors’ unwanted items.
The final tally was 622 vehicles through the gate with items they no longer wanted. In 2013, only 561 people showed up to get rid of their trash. In 2012, 669 people participated.
‘It’s the best thing ever,” said resident Dion Bellor, who had a trailer full of junk items. “It helps keep the neighborhood nice and clean, that’s for sure.”
Wait times varied depending on the direction drivers took to reach the public works building. Some waited 15 or 20 minutes while others waited longer. 
“I should have come in from the other way,” Bellor said. “I didn’t think about it.”
Among those volunteering for the first time were Spencer and Gunnar Maas from Orrock Township.
“It’s really fun,” said Gunnar. “And it is hard work. You meet new people.”
“It has been steady all morning,” said Big Lake Township Supervisor Larry Alfords, who was counting tires and electronics and taking cash at the entry. The lines have been moving pretty quick.”
“Everyone who is out here has got this down to a fine art by now,” said Orrock Township Clerk Brenda Kimberly Maas. “They are a well-oiled machine.”
Details on the amount of trash collected will be available next week.


PAIGE DOMYAHN at number three singles, had two wins this week. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE BIG LAKE HORNETS celebrate a win at their relay invitational Saturday. The Hornets took second place overall. (Submitted photo).

COLLIN TEIGEN goes wide right after a handoff to score Big Lake’s first touchdown in the first quarter Friday against Buffalo. It gave the Hornets a 7-3 lead. They won, 20-19 for their first win of the season. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

ZACK AND CALEB SMITH enjoyed making and eating their own snacks at the Early Childhood Open House at Liberty School.