Pictured during the Campaign Clean-Up April 22 are Elise, Catelyn and Isaac Porter with mother Erin Porter, and Will Faas, Austin Brenneman and Jon Fussle. Photo provided
Pictured during the Campaign Clean-Up April 22 are Elise, Catelyn and Isaac Porter with mother Erin Porter, and Will Faas, Austin Brenneman and Jon Fussle. Photo provided
County Councilman and commissioner candidate Jon Fussle hosted a county-wide clean-up on Earth Day called “Campaign Clean-Up.”
Fifteen supporters and volunteers worked in Silver Lake and in Warsaw along a stretch of CR 100E April 22. Almost 1,000 pounds of trash were collected in a three-hour period, according to the release from Fussle, who has organized similar cleanups in the past.
“It is amazing how much trash is along this stretch of road,” he said in the release. “Some of the litter is inadvertent, but a large majority of it is intentional carelessness.  Beer cans, soda bottles, plastic bags, cigarette boxes and butts are all tossed out the window and forgotten. That saddens and angers me. We are stewards of this land and we’re doing a terrible job of taking care of it.”
Fussle came up with the idea of the cleanup after seeing all the trash a few years ago and deciding that it would take a leader to spearhead an effort to correct this problem in Kosciusko County, according to the release. He chooses high-visibility roads so commuters see them cleaning the roadsides and perhaps think twice about littering.
He said it’s important to lead by example and hopes others will do the same, according to the release.
“I feel that part of being a leader is stepping up to do what you expect of others, and I expect people to start taking responsibility for this land,” he said. “We had people of all ages working with us, the youngest being 16 months old. It’s great to show people that we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty and show the younger generations why it’s important to take care of our community.”
Fussle said it’s important to preserve the land in the county and plans to continue the Campaign Clean-up in summer. He also expressed thanks to the volunteers and to Tractor Supply Co. for donating trash bags, gloves and grabbers.
For details on the next cleanup visit his Facebook page or JonFussle.com