General Mills sends 25 employees to help

More than 80 volunteers worked Monday to clean portions of Hannibal during the fifth annual Hannibal Stream Team 4705 cleanup.

Twentyfive General Mills workers and approximately 20 volunteers from a local homeschool group joined 37 Hannibal Board of Public Works (BPW)employees.

"Usually in years past, it's just been 30-35 BPW employees. We have quite a bit more out there than we have had in years past," Stormwater Coordinator Andrea Campbell said.

The volunteers had a good time, Campbell said.

"It is hard work, but we enjoy doing work like this for the community. You get a sense of accomplishment and it ends up being fun," she said

With this year’s additional labor, volunteers were able to clean Huckleberry Park in addition to the Bear Creek area.

By noon Monday, approximately three dozen tires had been hauled away. Among the more unique items recovered was a stroller, an old chair and a suitcase full of clothing. The total tonnage removed will be announced Tuesday.

BPW Public Relations Coordinator Kari Goodman said Monday's cleanup effort was the kickoff for the BPW's eighth annual observance of Public Utilities Week.

BPW personnel will be performing service projects for the United Way, AVENUES, the Douglass Community Center and at the Robinson Cemetery. On Thursday a customer appreciation lunch is scheduled at the BPW between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. An employee appreciation breakfast will cap off the week Friday for those who volunteered their time this week.