Many volunteers picked up trash in canal communities

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 April 2023 at 5:19 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – These Albion students were among many volunteers in today’s Canal Clean Sweep, a state-wide effort along the Erie Canal towpath and in the canal communities.

From left includes sophomores Nicholas Baxter, Zack Baron, Kennedy Patten and Joseph Hartman. They enjoy some ice cream outside Tinsel on North Main Street after dropping off their trash.

They pulled these shopping carts, a bike and four big bags of trash from the canal and towpath near Ingersoll Street.

“It was fun to spend time together,” Hartman said about the trash hunting. “There was a lot of small containers and cups, and a lot of glass.”

Hartman was in a group that was mostly members of the Student Council.

This group of Albion students finds lots of litter in the grass along the railroad tracks near Dunkin’ Donuts. Many of these students were in the Albion Interact Club. Some Albion Rotary Club members also were part of the effort along the railroad tracks from east of Platt Street to near West Academy Street. They filled about 20 bags with trash.

The 18th annual Canal Clean Sweep included more than 130 events along the canal system and the Canalway Trail. The events are promoted by the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York. There were several cleanup efforts around Orleans County.

Adam Burgio, an Albion eighth-grader, finds bottles and other litter along the railroad tracks.

Audrey Pask and her brother Gideon have filled a big bag of trash. Charles Warren is behind them.

Shania Mathes finds a shoe among the discarded plastic bottles and other litter.

Nick Luft carries a big piece of cardboard found along the railroad tracks.

These trash hunters include, from left in front: Cordelia Rivers, Lucy Rivers, Shania Mathes, Adele Mathes and Audrey Pask. Back row: Brad Shelp of the Albion Rotary Club, Charles Warren, Nick Luft, Adam Burgio, Gideon Pask, Lorelei Gailie, Jillian LeBaron and teacher Tim Archer, the Interact Club advisor.