Letters to the Editor

Letters from Dec. 12, 2007

Clear Creek Task Force

Damage cleanup a success

The storm clouds had a silver lining this weekend when the community turned out to restore the Clear Creek Trail. We sustained significant damage all the way from the bowling alley to Dyes Inlet during the recent flooding, and had to restrict the trail in several areas.

The community read your articles and turned out in force to get it fixed. About 50 folks showed up this weekend eager to work. The Kiwanis Clubs were well represented, some runner friends, an Eagle Scout who had done a project on the trail, families, and “Friends of the Trail” all rallied to the cause. We were especially fortunate to have youth from the Alternative to Detention Program available on both days. Annie Lauvalsit and John Davis lead the groups and they got a tremendous amount done. Under their leadership, the kids really put their hearts into it.

We got the boardwalk re-leveled, reset three observation decks, collected and re-spread the eroded gravel and re-graded several bad areas. We are happy to report that the downtown section of the trail is back in service! We still have work to do replacing gravel, but that will have to wait until we get some additional donations for more materials. We will have additional work parties, so check our Web site at www.clearcreektrail.org or call our Interpretive Center at (360) 613-5500 and leave a message.

The support provided by our friends and the community was one of the most wonderful things we have experienced since we started this project. We are humbled and inspired by the outpouring of support. God Bless you all this holiday season. Thanks a million.

TEX LEWIS

Clear Creek Task Force

Silverdale

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