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 Vandals Re-trash Area After Volunteer Clean-up

July 30, 2008 - Volunteers from Healthy Communities of Henry County got an unwelcome surprise last Friday when they returned to a stretch of abandoned railroad corridor just east of Raysville that they had cleaned two days earlier.

Jeff Ray, who heads the HCHC's Trails Committee, and one other volunteer filled 25 large trash bags on Wednesday, July 23. The area they cleaned will be part of a two-mile stone surface trail that will stretch from the east end of Raysville to County Road 425-West.

Unable to haul away the filled trash bags and heavy items like tires and benches on Wednesday, Ray said he and volunteers planned to remove them on Friday. When he and three others returned to the site on Friday, however, they found the bags had been torn open and much of the trash collected two days earlier, including the tires and benches, once again covered the ground.

"Basically, we've been out there redoing what we already did," Ray told The Banner on Friday, taking a break from the work. "We're out there trying to clean everything up."

The HCHC received a $650,000 grant in May to help develop this two-mile stone surface trail and another of similar length that will run along the abandoned railroad corridor from County Road 25-West to Lewisville. Both trails will be part of the National Road Heritage Trail.

Ray said the HCHC will continue their clean up efforts along the railroad corridor east of Raysville on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7-8, and that the group gladly welcomes volunteers. Persons interested in helping out should contact Ray (765) 987-8783.

 

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