Beach cleanup workers gather tons
By John Roszkowski
Published September 22, 2005
When cleaning up litter from a beach on the North Shore,
Kathe and John Reppert hadn't expected to find a large
broken fiberglass container weighing more than 25 pounds
lying on the edge of the beach. "It was huge. It
looked like it was a piece of a boat or it might be a
container. We were pretty surprised to find that,"
said Kathe Reppert.
The Repperts were among more than 1,300 volunteers who
participated in a day long cleanup last Saturday of Illinois
beaches along Lake Michigan, from Winthrop Harbor in far
northern Lake County south to Evanston and Chicago.
Stephanie Smith, education program manager for the Alliance
for the Great Lakes, a conservation group which coordinates
the annual Adopt-A Beach cleanup, said volunteers gathered
more than 5,700 pounds of garbage at Illinois beaches
along the lake shore.
Communities participating in this year's cleanup included
Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe, Evanston. Lake Forest, Lake
Bluff, Highland Park, Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor.
In Glencoe, 39 volunteers collected 96.5 pounds of trash.
At four beaches in Highland Park, 63 volunteers collected
a total of 358 pounds of trash.
Marjie Ettlinger, one of the volunteers in charge of
the cleanup efforts at the Ravine Drive beach in Highland
Park, said 11 volunteers at their beach removed 79 pounds
of litter. "We filled seven large garbage bags, and
two bags of recyclables, including empty bottles and cans,"