Neighbors talkin’ trash |

Neighbors talkin’ trash

Reid Williams

FRISCO – If civic pride wasn’t enough to attract residents to the town cleanup day, there’s always the prizes for the grossest, the most unusual or most valuable article a person could find.

And there were contenders: 30-odd golf balls in an empty lot, a cow skull, a bag of condoms and a gauge for measuring the pupils of coma victims. Go figure.

About 450 residents donated their Saturday morning for Frisco’s Town Cleanup Day. Across the lake, another 50 residents of Dillon were doing just the same. The day gives people a chance to pick up litter, clean out closets of old clothes for donations, recycle materials and, in general, get spring cleaning out of the way. In all, officials from both towns expected to fill several trash bins with thousands of pounds of refuse.

“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” said Dillon Treasurer Carri McDonnell. “I hate to think how much trash that is. But this is a great event, and we get such good participation from people.”

Dillon residents estimated the cleanup day attracted more people than ever. Ted Rafferty and wife, Carol, brought their children Trevor and Sarah out for a family event. Rafferty said it was encouraging to see his neighbors in town and out as far as Summit Cove pitching in.

“I did a shift last night,” said the Snake River volunteer firefighter. “Heck, we had a call at 5:40 this morning. But it’s important to come out for these things.”

Rafferty’s 12-year-old son noted that most of his friends were probably at home watching TV, but he liked to be outside – besides, there were feathers to collect.

“We don’t have TV, so I’d rather be out spending time with my family,” Trevor Rafferty said.

Frisco and Dillon, like Summit’s other towns, treat their citizens to a party following the work. In Dillon, Pug Ryan’s catered a barbecue at the town park. In Frisco, town council members served up burgers, which residents could wash down with Backcountry Brewery selections. The festive atmosphere makes it easier to participate, some said.

“This is the one day a year when we can get everything cleaned up,” said Frisco resident Rick Shinkle, who spent the morning picking up five couches around his Galena Street neighborhood.

Frisco town staff said the day always brings out large numbers of people, and a tough winter may have contributed to this year’s bonding.

“Frisco has always had a good volunteer base,” said Frisco Community Relations Assistant Director Lisa Reed. “But this year, it seems everywhere you turn people are looking to help.”

Not everyone was convinced. Assistant town manager Teresa Casey was skeptical. “It hasn’t changed attendance at council meetings,” she joked.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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