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Garnish couple organize harbour cleanup

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

Preston and Tonia Grandy hope to inspire others to pitch in

GARNISH, N.L.— 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 and Preston Grandy
Tonia Grandy and Preston Grandy

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.”

colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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