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  •     Kittatinny Canoes celebrated their 25th annual Delaware River cleanup on July 21-23 Nearly 200 volunteers assisted, pulling dozens of discarded tires and other trash from the water.
        Full statistics of what the cleanup yielded are still pending.
       An opening ceremony was scheduled on Tuesday morning July 22nd, at the Dingmans Access off Route 739 in Delaware Township, Delaware Water  Gap National  Recreation Area. National Park Service Superintendent John J. Donahue, State Senator Lisa Baker, PA State Representative Rosemary Brown were there to recognize Ruth and David Jones and Kittatinny Canoes for 25 years of service in helping to keep the Delaware River one of the cleanest rivers in the country.   
    Since 1990, Kittatinny Canoes, led by owners Ruth Jones and her son Dave, have organized this annual  three-day event that includes their dedicated staff, a cadre of volunteers, and National Park Service employees.
    Through 2013, they removed 8,547 tires, 8,544 pound of aluminum cans, and 440 tons of trash from the Delaware River corridor including the river bottom, islands and shorelines. Some of the most interesting items retrieved include: a 1962 pick-up truck, 18 sticks of dynamite, a loaded shotgun, a model of a human brain, a bowling ball with a chain, an exercise bike, several safes- both with and without doors, and a hood to a 1960 Ford Falcon.
    The Jones’ family business was started in 1941 by Ruth’s parents, Edna and Ernie Olschewsky and the family has made their living from the river ever since. Ruth is a firm believer and is often quoted saying that “you can’t keep taking away from a resource without giving something back.” The anthropologist Margaret Mead reminded us to “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” “Indeed,” she added, “it’s the only thing that ever has.”
          According to Superintendent Donahue, “Ruth Jones is one of those citizens whose commitment has had a powerful and positive impact on changing our little piece of the world for the better. The annual river clean-up event is a testament to her dedication and an outstanding example of how one can put beliefs into action for the betterment of the our natural environment and all of us who depend on it and enjoy it. She truly exemplifies the National Park Service mission to preserve and protect America’s special places for this and future generations to learn from and enjoy.”
         Jones stated, “Many of our volunteers have been participating for years and have become like friends and family. We look forward to seeing many of the same folks year after year.” Kittatinny Canoes needs at least 100 volunteers each day. “It takes many helping hands to get this job done. ” added Dave Jones.
    Page 2 of 2 -      For more information on the On and Under the Delaware River Clean-up, contact Kittatinny Canoes at 1-800-FLOAT-KC or visit their website at www.kittatinny.com.

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