Volunteers clean up debris in the Pec

September 8, 2010

From left, Tess Linker, Woody Davis, Mary Ann Dahl and Jill Kuntz pose with a kids' swimming inner tube around Woody's neck and the base from a driveway basketball hoop hauled out of the Pecatonica River during the Seventh Annual Pecatonica River Sweep Sept. 4. Photo by Frank Schier

From left, Editor & Publisher Frank Schier, Erik and Mason VanderWeit stand by their haul from the day, which included a 55-gallon plastic drum (not pictured), tire, cooler, squirt gun, 30-year-old Pabst can and the collar of a dead dog they found floating in the river. Needless to say, the group won the prize for "Most Unusual Item." Photo by Frank Schier

Wayat Hayes and Mike Easter flank Rusty Rhodes, all the way from Porta Gorda, Fla., who is here working on a ComEd crew repairing downed power lines from the July flood. Rhodes and his dog had collected more items than anyone else, including this huge chunk of steel Hayes and Easter are helping to unload. Photo by Frank Schier

Mike Easter and Wayat Hayes display a farmhouse door found during the 7th Annual Pecatonica River Sweep, while Brian Steele goes to load another boat. Photo by Frank Schier

Captain Scott Johnson's crew hauls in more river refuse and the biggest item of the day--a fiberglass speedboat. With the airlock vacuum, the upside-down boat was very difficult to remove from the river. Photo by Frank Schier

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