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Cleaning up the Pico: They came, they saw, they conquered

Fallbrook comes through, faith is renewed!

FALLBROOK –Save Our Forest called for help and the good people of Fallbrook came through the morning of Saturday, Aug. 12. Anticipating about 20 who had registered ahead of time, 62 people came, many bringing their own tools to work on the Pico Promenade.

The task was to weed the four block long walkway which extends from Fallbrook Street through to Elder Street. The worst blocks were Fallbrook Street to College Street because the heavy rains this past winter brought a huge crop of weeds, some almost four feet tall.

In two and a half hours, the work of the volunteers produced 97 bags stuffed as full as possible. Debbie Meadows, who volunteered with her husband Dana Meadows, said, “It was a wonderful community accomplishment, fantastic!” Getting the bags from the Promenade to a loading spot took a team of men. Ryan Dipinto brought his box truck to help move it all. One pickup truck load and two box truck loads were taken to the Waste and Recycling Center. Mission accomplished!

While the volunteers worked, the breakfast team in Jackie Heyneman Park prepared breakfast, which was provided by Save Our Forest and Major Market. Roger Boddaert was chief chef!

Many organizations showed their support by coming to help, including Fallbrook Land Conservancy and Save Our Forest volunteers, Fallbrook Rotary, Bonsall Rotary, the Board of Realtors, the Fallbrook Garden Club, Chamber of Commerce members, and others.

Nancy Heins Glaser, who took pictures of the event, was impressed by the comment of a teenager who came with her father, “I love how everyone worked together.”

It couldn’t have been said better; there is hope for the future!

Submitted by Save Our Forest.


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