Author Archives: Karin Grundt

CAUTION – May Require Reading…

Isn’t it amazing how many people in this time and age can not read? As an example: A big sign at the grocery store that says, “PLEASE RETURN CARTS INTO THE STORE.” Only 50% of customers follow the plea, or else is it to explain why they are left outside at the parking spots and in front of the main ...

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My Cat, The Diva!

Every cat owner has a story about their kitty – books have been written about these furry critters… love them or hate them, each one is unique. Here is mine. Contrary to all my other encounters with cats; critters that were lost, found abandoned, mistreated, abused, and some who never had a chance – my cat chose me 13 years ago. Like the ones ...

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End of the Rope

It had rained all day when I received a phone call in the early afternoon. A male voice asking if I still had anything to do with the Humane Society? Loaded question – Why? “No, we don’t have a Humane Society anymore… What is the problem?” is all could stumble. Well, l thought… you were involved… there is this little ...

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Odds and ends where do I begin?

Odds and ends where do I begin? Although my activity as a “garbologist ” is limited; deep down in my heart, that commitment to a better, cleaner environment will never die. I still carry a bag on my outings and pick up trash as I go. Upsetting is it to me how many masks are being tossed away, just like ...

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Things are not always what they seem…

  My dog and I like to walk outdoors and “poke” around. The picker and a bag for trash is always something I carry with me – a habit from picking up garbage for over 20 years. The bag is never empty when we return after an outing. But, on this day, the pile of junk was “bigger than a ...

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Garbologist’s Report – Wasn’t that a Party?

Wasn’t that a party! A few weeks ago, young “adults” got together at a secret location and let loose – not that I blame them, being cooped up for so long… But here is my concern: you guys (and girls?) drank over 60 cans and bottles of alcohol (Smirnoffs, Bud Light, Busch beer, and other types of booze) but left ...

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Garbologist’s Report – Cindy

A phone call came every spring around this time from Cindy: “When are we going to start? The snow is gone on one side of Hwy 17…” and immediately plans were made and additional help was contacted. No call this year from Cindy, she has left us and with her the whole garbologist movement. She joined us many years ago, ...

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Garbologist’s Report – In the Starter Blocks!

Every year about this time (actually, for the last 27 years), I sit in my proverbial starter blocks, ready to take on “SPRING CLEANING”. NO, not in my house! I keep that up to date with the seasons. But our outdoors… this year although has a road block in the form of a virus. You cannot see nor feel, and ...

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Where’s the Communal Pride?

There comes a point in your life where you have to admit your limits and step back – and that point has come for us ‘garbologists’. Three out of the four core members will be in our mid 80’s next year. Despite the will, desire and energy level to keep our surroundings clean, our bodies (backs, knees, etc.) tell us otherwise ...

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Garbologist’s Report – Butts!

In all my previous reports, I talked only about visible pieces of trash – and ignored the tiny annoying things. I am talking about the smokers, at least to the inconsiderate ones. The end result of your addiction is the BUTT! And we see them plentiful all over.   It only takes a few minutes to get your ‘fix’ but it ...

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Thanks for the Help during 2019 Cleanup

A little late but not less heartfelt comes my thank you to all who helped “delitter” our town. If only we could keep it that way. A big part was the transportation of helpers and trash and therefore a big thanks to Peter Moore for the wheels and gas from Davidson Fuels. Thank you also to people who came with ...

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Cleanup Done – Consider Recycling

If it wasn’t for the ‘handful’ of caring, energetic people who were not afraid to get dirty, our surroundings would still look like a… I tip my hat to the nurses and hospital workers with their families who took on Hwy 101 – what a great job! Thank you!! The 3 entrances to Wawa are now inviting and clean, what ...

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Canada is a Great Country – but the dirtiest?

  It was a sunny but windy day on Highway 17 North when the three of us with our heads down, sorted the recyclables when a male voice out of nowhere complimented our efforts. In surprise, we looked up and there was this tall man in a perfect cycling outfit on an even more perfect bike introducing himself. He had ...

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According to the Truckers…

In further reports, I will not itemize the mess that we pickup, but will focus on preventable things.   Talking to truckers along Pinewood Drive (and they like to talk when they see our volunteer sign), Ontario is one of the biggest provinces with the least rest stops and facilities. Ditches all over are a mess because of it. Saskatchewan ...

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