Sweep­ing the Thorn­ton

Rappahannock News - - SPERRYFEST! -

“The rain kind of cleaned out the river for us!” or­ga­nizer Kerry Sut­ten an­nounced to the army of 75 vol­un­teers band­ing to­gether un­der emerg­ing sun­shine Satur­day morn­ing for the sec­ond an­nual Thorn­ton River Clean-up in Sper­ryville. Still, there was much to ac­com­plish. In­va­sive trees, plants and vines grow­ing along the rush­ing river— flagged be­fore­hand by three Old Rag Mas­ter Nat­u­ral­ists — were wait­ing to be re­moved or trimmed back. And there was plenty of lit­ter to pick up along Route 211. Seen here, Sut­ten of Be­fore & After fame briefs helpers in­clud­ing Rap­pa­han­nock County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gar­rey Curry (right). The county pro­vided some of the tools and work gloves for the project, while VDOT and Friends of the Rap­pa­han­nock do­nated their ef­forts to the worth­while project.

BY JOHN MCCASLIN

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