DRIZZLING RAIN SHOWERS DID NOT DETER MORE THAN 80 VOLUNTEERS TO SHOW UP FOR OUR SPRING 2005 CLEANUP! The original April 2nd cleanup had to be cancelled due to heavy rains and severe thunderstorms. We waited until 8:00 AM when we decided to call off the event. Despite the inclement weather, many volunteers still came to the four sites and went ahead with the cleanup. Finally, on Saturday, April 23, the weather held up and we were able to proceed with the river cleanup. However, because of the inconsistence of the weather many of our regular volunteers stayed away.
TOWN OF OCCOQUAN -- Claudia Cruise and Betty Vanegas registered 18 volunteers, including our State Delegate Michele McQuigg and several Woodbridge H.S. ROTC students, who collected about 22 bags of trash and other debris.
LAKE RIDGE MARINA -- Bud Kraft, Renate Vanegas, Kathy and Chuck Burch coordinated 36 volunteers who picked up 50 bags of trash, tires and other items. LTC Matthews and SFC Elliott and their ROTC students went to work. Also students from Osbourn and Godwin joined the volunteers.
BULL RUN MARINA -- John Rothrock coordinated 14 volunteers who picked up about 15 bags of trash, tires and other refuse. Jerry Ferguson, Channel 10, Fairfax Public Access, who is helping FOTO to prepare a bilingual video, filmed the cleanup operations.
FOUNTAINHEAD MARINA -- Bob Lerch, assisted by Mike Smedley and Bill Cole directed the 15 volunteers who picked up 12 bags of trash and several tires. Our best wishes go to Bradford Patterson, a senior at Robinson Secondary School, and a volunteer, who will be attending the Alabama University in the Fall.
In addition to the above, FOTO thanks the following: Kathy Burch, our Supply Manager; PW Community Council; Prince William Park Authority; Northern Virginia Park Authority; Virginia Department of Transportation, Lake Ridge Division; LTC Franklyn Matthews, director of the Woodbridge HS ROTC Program; Jug Jagodnik and Steve Horvath, Lake Braddock Crew; Bill Olson and Danielle Derwin, and the other FOTO members who worked in the planning of this event.
Following are the 83 volunteers: Christa Teague, Agnew Elizabeth, Joseph Selkow, Gilberto Treviño Robert Keller, Andrea Gill, Shawna Fellers, Andrew Myers Claudia Cruise, Michelle McQuigg, Alex Vanegas, Christy Bierbaum Julie Bechtel, Ariana Merrill, Louis Veney, Laura Sappingfield Elizabeth Gallegos, Betty Vanegas, Michael Ssenyonga, SFC Fred Elliott Sue Schlee, Bob Schlee, Akilah Sanderson, Jazmyn Dzansi, Maudisa Smith Kathy Burch, Chuck Burch, Jackie Vanegas, Jason Nobles, Keith Link Nathan LeValley, Andrew Kundrock, Michael O’Connell, Angela Hurler Nic Cunningham, Kira Bolton, Paige Bolton, Kevin Manley, Jerry Manley Jacob Frank, Malcolm Patterson, Renate Vanegas, Ernest Ehlinger Chanel Fautleroy, DeNeisha Knox, Wayne Fauntleroy, LTC Franklyn G. Matthews Tonya Lantonkpode, Francis Allen, Amy McGowan, Wesley Wright Estrella Vasilescu, Sarah Web, Bud Kraft, Duane DeBruyne, Reis DeBruyne Vern Torney, Max Torney, Mickey McCarthy, Mike McCarthy, Kelly McCarthy German Vanegas, John Rothrock, Martin Leppert, Tania Leppert, Brad Leppert Mark Leppert, William Reid, Jerry Ferguson, Robert Lerch, Mindy Obi Michael Smedley, Richard Stretton, James Thomas, Bradford Patterson Bill Cole, Amanda C. May, Diane Black, Alvin Black, Anniell Miller Scott Davidow, Alyson Davidow, Micaela Davidow