Category Archives: cleaning up


A recent windstorm/tornado passed through the area at the beginning of September. Many trees in the area were uprooted, and here is a couple of pictures of damage on the North Country Trail.

Notice the guy in the lower left corner piloting the drone that took this shot. You can also make out the cleared trail from the first picture.



Many thanks to the Great Lakes Energy People Fund for their awarding us $4,765 in grant money. This was to partially pay for our beautiful new roof. This is a great program.

Great Lakes Energy members help to enhance the quality of life for people in our communities through the People Fund. Bills of participating members are “rounded up” to the next dollar amount and grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and charitable activities throughout our service area. Grants are awarded by three independent Boards of Directors representing three geographical regions – south, central and north. There are no overhead costs – 100 percent of the money collected is returned to our communities. – See more at their website  here

We also need to thank the many people who made this possible. Janet DeYoung  led the application effort. Jim Williams, Mary Morrison and Ray Dereske all helped to create the request. Thank you to all of our supporters over the last three years who, one way or another, enabled us to pay the remaining balance of over $5,000


Junk Tires

IMG_1206On June 28 the Mason-Lake Soil Conservation district sponsored a junk tire drop-off, giving residents a chance to get rid of unwanted tires for free or a donation.

Tires are relatively inert, they don’t leach toxic chemicals, (at least not quickly). All those millions of tires that wear out every year, all that rubber that disappears from your wheels has to go somewhere. It’s deposited on the pavement and the rain and snow washes it into creeks and rivers, and into the ground water. After a hundred years of driving no one yet has raised an alarm about rubber in the water.

The big sin of scrap tires is that they hold water. They’re black and absorb heat from the sun and make an ideal mosquito hatchery. Also, in a pile they are a fire hazard, they’re unsightly and if buried gradually work their way to the surface with every freeze/thaw cycle.

IMG_1207A volunteer effort by the RCCRC collected 16 tires in just a two mile stretch of Campbell road and brought them to the pick-up site. One can only wonder about the enlightened citizens who take it upon themselves to deposit these in the deepest ditches and most overgrown areas on backcountry roads.

Dumpster Day


On May 3rd we held our annual dumpster day, a joint venture with Logan township who shares half the cost. Turn out was disappointing to say the least. It may have been the weather, it still didn’t feel like time for spring clean up, or word didn’t get around that the dumpster would be there, or people may have misinterpreted the sign asking for donations.

Dumpsters are expensive, the charge this year for a single dumpster was close to $600. Other townships such as Branch, with a much larger population and tax base, pay out $6000 for a spring clean up day. RCCRC doesn’t view dumpster day as a fund raiser, it’s more important to keep the trash out of the ditches, streams and forests, but we hope the service is appreciated and used, and hopefully comes close to a break even situation. Let us know if this is a service you use and wish to continue.