The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Baggin' It Up

Local teens helping put a clean face on Seward for Independence Day


Tommy Wells

Members of the Seward Litter Patrol spent part of their Friday cleaning around the Seward Bike Path. The teens work approximately 25 hours a week picking up trash in the community in an effort to keep the city looking great for locals and visitors. Shown above are (from left) Chad Quinn, Devin Melnik, Matthew Parrish and Emmalee DeLand. Not shown are Tegan Retzer and Sam Paperman.

Most visitors when they roll into SeMost visitors when they roll into Seward are amazed at the view and pristine conditions of Resurrection Bay. Part of the reason they can enjoy those million dollar views is the work of the Seward Litter Patrol-a group of six teenagers who help beautify the community.

"It's a great thing for the community," said Jacob Marshall, a City of Seward employee who supervises the group. "These guys work hard to make sure the community is clean. They spend about five hours every day, five days a week, just going to different places to make sure the community is picked up."

The Seward Litter Patrol is hardly new to locals. The program began approximately two decades ago thanks to a community grant program. Since that time, teens have been working to make their hometown a better place.

"It's great for the community, but it is also great for the kids, too," said Marshall. "They develop a lot of pride and really get to appreciate the community they live in by doing this. You would be amazed at how much they do and care."

The Seward Litter Patrol began its current cleaning efforts about two weeks ago, Marshall noted. In that time, the group has collected a large amount of refuse.

On Friday, four members of the SLP-Chad Quinn, Devin Melnik, Matthew Parrish and Emmalee DeLand-spent much of the morning cleaning along the Seward Bike Path.

"They do a really good job," Marshall said. "They go around to different parts of the community and pick up everything they can. A lot of people might not see them, but they are out here working hard to get things taken care of."

Usually the crew doesn't know where it will be working when it arrives for a shift. Marshall said the SLP normally finds out where it is needed most on any given day from City of Seward employees.

"It (the location) is a day-to-day basis," he said. "We find out where we are needed and then we go around and pick up whatever is needed. It is our way to help out."

In addition to Quinn, Melnik, Parrish and DeLand, the Seward Litter Patrol includes Tegan Ratzer and Sam Paperman.


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