A community cleanup was held both Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 for the Plato, Roby, Success and Evening Shade communities. On Saturday 25 volunteers from the community fire departments, the NW Texas County Lions Club, and others tended dumpsters and separated tires and metal from junk brought to dumpsters set at the fire departments. On Sunday we had 26 engineering officers from Ft. Leonard Wood joining local volunteers to clean up local dump sites and roads.

Besides two dumpsters set at each collection site, a 30-yard rolloff dumpster was set by Wil-Co of Mountain Grove at the Roby Fire Department for furniture and other large items. It was filled to capacity. The Roby Fire Department, led by Chief Keith Follin, loaded a large trailer with scrap metal that will be sold to help support their fire department. At last count 243 tires were brought to a staging area at the Roby Lookout Tower yard. The tires will be hauled away by a community tire program of the Bridgestone Americas Corporation.

We wish to thank our sponsors, Millers Grill, Town & Country of Houston, the Missouri Stream Team program, Wil-Co, and especially our funding source, the South Central Solid Waste Management District expertly run by Lynda and Tom Roehl. A special "shout-out" to Carolyn Mason and Tom Steinbach who put together a delicious bar-b-que on Saturday and turned around with another bar-b-que on Sunday to feed the Ft. Wood engineers!! And an extra special thank you to Pat and Penny Horrace and Keith Follin of the Roby Fire Department for their countless volunteer hours that make their community a great place to live.

The partners for this successful community cleanup include the Roby Fire Department, Kuhn's Sanitation Service, the South Central Solid Waste Management District, the NW Texas County Lions Club, the US Forest Service, and the Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association.