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Picking up the aftermath of Fourth of July festivities

Trisha Leonard
Courtesy of Chris BrackettWomen and girls are shown July 5 during a beach cleanup.

More than 6,500 pounds of trash were picked up following Fourth of July festivities on the South Shore.

Kenny Curtzwiler, owner of SkiBum Family Inc., said this was his 14th year doing cleanup on July 5. He said his crew of six people picked up about 25 yards – or 5,000 pounds of trash – this year.

“I used to go to Regan Beach and was appalled at all the trash tourists and locals would leave behind,” he said. “I wanted to do something about it.”

Curtzwiler said his team started its job at the beach across from Aloha Ice Cream and Dessert Spa and raked the area, emptied trash cans and cleaned up trash on the beach all the way down to Regan beach.

Clean Tahoe Program Manager Ellen Flynn said her organization was in charge of cleaning up public areas including the Stateline area and parts of roads. Two employees picked up about 1,600 pounds of trash, she said.

This year, South Tahoe Standup Paddle owner Chris Brackett also organized a volunteer effort to help clean up the Lakeview Commons area.

“City parks and rec is underfunded and there’s so much work to do, but they don’t have the manpower,” Brackett said July 5. “When people really care, it’s great to see because it’s our Tahoe.”

Brackett said about 30-40 people volunteered and picked up about 50 pounds of little stuff such as cigarette butts and beer bottles.

South Tahoe Refuse took care of the dumping fees for the cleanups.

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