Springtime sport

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Here’s a little sport we can all partake in: take a hike with a shopping bag and see how far you can travel along a road or street before it’s filled with trash. Last weekend, while driving along the 7th Line east of Shawville, we saw a family engaged in this sport; kids in the ditches on both sides, Dad in the truck with a few big bags already filled, and miles of country road to go.

Here’s a little sport we can all partake in: take a hike with a shopping bag and see how far you can travel along a road or street before it’s filled with trash. Last weekend, while driving along the 7th Line east of Shawville, we saw a family engaged in this sport; kids in the ditches on both sides, Dad in the truck with a few big bags already filled, and miles of country road to go. They were thoroughly enjoying themselves, and it was a delight to see them.
Yesterday, my wife and I went for a short walk around the corner near the Shawville waterworks. We only had two bags with us, so we were at capacity before we covered a block.
We left some for you, if you wish to join in.
It’s interesting to note which brands of beer are popular, but appalling to note that folks feel they need to empty a quart to safely operate a vehicle. We don’t find as many beer bottles as we used to; now it’s mostly cans and a lot of water bottles. 
We often hear how tourism is a future income generator for this region, and
having the place neat and tidy is bound to help visitors feel good about being here and coming back. Plus, litter attracts litter, so cleaning up some may prevent more from accumulating. Or here’s an even better idea: people could keep a litter bag in their vehicle and cut out the middle man in this equation.

Robert Wills,
SHAWVILLE/THORNE