Gar­nish cou­ple or­ga­nize har­bour cleanup

Pre­ston and To­nia Grandy hope to in­spire oth­ers to pitch in

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL GAR­NISH, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­

An iPhone, a toaster oven and a large num­ber of cans. These are just some of the things re­cov­ered from the waters of Gar­nish har­bour dur­ing a cleanup held on Satur­day, July 14.

To­nia Grandy, a mem­ber of the Har­bour Author­ity in Gar­nish, and her hus­band Pre­ston were at the sur­face to await what divers Tim Ball and Rich Whalen would col­lect from the har­bour floor and then bring it to shore to dis­pose of prop­erly.

“Hope­fully we’ll get most of what trash is on the bot­tom out,” she said.

Grandy said she got the idea of do­ing a har­bour cleanup while she and her daugh­ter picked up lit­ter around the com­mu­nity. They col­lected six bags of trash and some house­hold sid­ing.

“We’ve got this lit­tle rule (where) ev­ery time we go to the beach we bring back three pieces of garbage, so it’s just a lit­tle thing to help clean up the en­vi­ron­ment, and help make the place a pret­tier and cleaner place to live,” she said.

Grandy hopes oth­ers see their cleanup ef­forts and fol­low their lead.

“Even if it’s just out around your yard, the block you live on, the beach when you go — if you bring back a bit of trash, ev­ery bit that’s cleaned up is a lit­tle bit less that’s there,” she said.

Grandy ex­plained in the past they have pulled aboard a va­ri­ety of items when drag­ging for scal­lops.

“Scal­lop drag­ging you al­ways get glass bot­tles come up,” said Grandy, which ex­plains that she has started a col­lec­tion of an­tique glass bot­tles from those they have found in their nets.

“You bring up a lot of dif­fer­ent stuff…satel­lite dishes come up in the drag,” she said. “Scal­lop drag­ging is when you re­ally see most of your garbage and stuff out in the wa­ter.”


Tim Ball takes the plunge into the wa­ter from the wharf in Gar­nish.

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