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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • TODD G. HIGDON: Stream team project worthy of support

  • No one likes to see trash, especially in our waterways such as Hickory Creek or on its banks.
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  • No one likes to see trash, especially in our waterways such as Hickory Creek or on its banks. Therefore, I encourage you to head down to Hickory Creek at noon Saturday. The Hickory Creek Stream Team is going to clean up a portion of the creek and its banks.
    I wrote about the event the other day in the paper, but volunteers are sought to meet at noon at the pavilion near Kwik Mart, where they will be given gloves and trash bags to pick up the trash.
    I have covered this event a number of times and actually have even participated in not only this event, but also another a few years back.
    Years ago, the Neosho Lions Club participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program, which ironically, was U.S.
    Highway 60 going near Morse Park. My dad, who was a Lions Club member at the time, asked if I would go down with him on the particular Saturday and help clean up the roadways with other club members. I did. We arrived shortly after 9 a.m. and walked up and down I believe a mile-stretch. I had gloves on, along with carrying a trash bag and picking up the trash. There were cans, Styrofoam cups, regular trash and other items. I was amazed to see how much trash can accumulate in the trash bag – it only took a few minutes. By two hours later, we had collected enough trash bags to fill two truckloads.
    Fast-forward a number of years later when Kent Oliver, organizer of the Hickory Creek Stream Team, contacted the Daily News wanting to get the word out about this event.
    Folks, we all use Morse Park and Hickory Creek in some sort of fashion whether it is for a baseball game, soccer fields, picnics or even fishing. So, lets keep it clean and if you can, head down Saturday to clean Hickory Creek.
    Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @toddghigdonNDN

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