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September 19, 2013
Rotary Club seeks volunteers for canyon cleanup Saturday

The Tooele County Rotary Club invites volunteers to join them for their second annual Middle Canyon cleanup on Saturday.

“We want to keep the canyon clean,” said Karen Kuipers, one of the event organizers for the Tooele Rotary Club. “It will be a great day to get out and enjoy the fall splendor of Middle Canyon with your families, neighbors and friends.”

The annual clean up day is also supported by the Modern Woodsmen of Tooele, Green Box Recycling, the Rocky Mountain Masonic Lodge, and the Tooele Kiwanis Club.

Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at the top of Middle Canyon where the pavement ends at the White Pine campground for a complimentary breakfast provided by Stockton Miners Cafe.

The cleanup will start after breakfast and continue until noon.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves while garbage bags will be provided. People with ATVs are asked to bring them to help with side trails.

“Families, neighbors, friends, Scout groups, businesses, fraternal groups, and community organizations are invited to join us and work together to restore our local canyons,” said Kuipers.

The gathering of volunteers to help clean and preserve Middle Canyon is important this year with the reduction of county services, she added.

“The sheriff’s department had been using inmates to empty garbage cans in the canyon weekly, but there is plenty of other trash out there,” said Kuipers.

A large number of local residents utilize Middle Canyon as a recreation area and campsite.

“It’s a popular recreation area for our county,” said Kuipers. “A lot of people go up there to camp, have fun and play, and we need to pitch in as a community and take care of the canyon.”

No preregistration is necessary to join the cleanup effort. Volunteers just need to show up at the top of the canyon on Saturday morning, according to Kuipers.

People with questions about the cleanup can contact Kuipers at 435-830-7953.

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