2019 Salem Lakes Cleanup coverage (PHOTOS)

/Earlene Frederick photo

The 7th annual Salem Lakes Spring Cleanup spring cleanup took place along the roadsides and river banks of Salem Lakes Saturday.

Some 85 volunteers participated in the event, founded by and organized by Silver Lake resident Allen Dunski. That was a new record for participants.

There was even a boat crew that picked up debris on the Fox River — and probably would have picked up more if the river level was not so high.

In all, the volunteers picked up enough trash to almost fill a 40-yard dumpster, Dunski said in a Facebook post.

The Sharing Center was the beneficiary of a surprise finding from clean-up volunteer Brady Schick, 15, of Silver Lake. Schock found a $100 bill, which he donated to The Sharing Center.

The largest item picked up was an abandoned boat, which was broken up and added to the dumpster.

Afterwards, a dinner was held for the participants.

About 60 businesses contributed to the dinner, clean-up supplies or prizes for the Easter eggs hidden around the cleanup areas with prizes inside.

Volunteers were also asked to contribute to a food drive for The Sharing Center, with 341 pounds of food collected.

Here Dunski gives out instructions for the start of the day (video by Earlene Frederick):

Here are some more photos:

The largest piece of trash collected was an abandoned boat. /Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

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341 pounds of food collected for the Sharing Center. /Earlene Frederick photo

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