River cleanup set for Saturday

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By Brian Funk, Editor

The New River Wildlife & Conservation Club is planning its second annual river cleanup project in Grayson County.

The cleanup is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The project is an effort to improve the water quality and the beauty of New River.

Club members are asking for volunteers who would like to assist in the task. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their flat-bottom boats or canoes to the New River Wildlife Building at 7107 Riverside Drive near Fries that day.

For those without boats, a limited number of canoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All participants must wear a personal floatation device.

If the river is flooded on June 21, the rain date is September 13.

Anyone interested in participating is encouraged call Allen Spurlin at Riverside Outfitters at 238-0878 or contact Mike Shupe, the club president, at 233-3336.

All pre-registered participants will receive an event T-shirt. After the event, food and drinks will he provided at the New River Wildlife Building.

A drawing will be held for a 12-foot Indian River Otter canoe. Anyone interested in purchasing raffle tickets for the canoe can call the contacts mentioned above. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Rueli Holeton, owner of New River Canoe Manufacturing Inc., donated the canoe to help support the club’s efforts.

All proceeds from the raffle sale will be used to fund the project.

Club members thanked Holeton for his support and generous donation.

Last year’s cleanup project, also funded by a canoe donation from Holeton, was a great success. Volunteers retrieved 653 tires from the New River and hauled away 2,860 pounds of trash.