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Xstream Cleanup: Changes up and EVG Joins up!

EVG Mississippi River Cleanup is June 18, 2016

by Kristen Bergren

After 12 years, Xstream Cleanup, the one day community event where volunteers picked up trash by our waterways and removed invasive species, now has a bigger mission! It is providing more ways for everyone to make a difference! A variety of events held throughout the year are replacing the annual, large-scale cleanup held in August.

Now you can “team up to clean up” year-round and you can start with Eagle View Group’s annual Mississippi River Clean-up!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to help clean up a section of Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline. Most of the cleanup is light duty though there are some areas that are a little more difficult. We will meet at the parking lot west of the Captain’s Table’s (4801 River Dr, Moline) parking lot. Look for the Eagle View Group, Sierra Club sign. Bags, gloves and grabbers will be provided.

To help us determine quantity of supplies needed and to receive an Xstream Cleanup t-shirt, please register at the link below.  If you would like to receive a t-shirt, you must register by Saturday, June 4. General registration will continue through June 16.

Register at this link:

Any questions, please contact Jerry Neff (gmnr14@mchsi.com) or Kristen Bergren (ishibook@hotmail.com).

For more information about Xstream Cleanup go to http://www.xstreamcleanup.org


A Walk in the Woods…at Mississippi Palisades State Park!

By Kris Bergren

Our intrepid outings leader, Jerry Neff, chose a beautiful day for a walk in the woods! The drive on IL 84 was beautiful too as we meandered through small towns, drove by weathered cornfields and finally followed the river on the way to Mississippi Palisades State Park. My husband, Stephen and I, met Jerry and his neighbor and fellow hiker, Deb at Look Out Point for a picnic lunch. Why is it a simple piece of fruit and a ordinary sandwich always tastes better when we dine in the out of doors? Then we headed to the official lookout point to view the grandeur of the Mississippi, with sun sparkles reflecting on its muddy brown waters which were in contrast to the intense blue skies and its wide expanse interrupted by islands of dark green trees. Next, it was on to the Sunset Trail, that Jerry had correctly rated moderate to difficult! Hiking on narrow rutted trails and up and down steep stairs, “Watch your step!” was the mantra of the day! The deep wooded path often lined with wild flowers offered shade and beauty as we circled around back to our starting point. Then a quick drive down to the south entrance to take a shorter hike on the Sentinel Trail with views of the limestone rock formations that bring rock climbers to the park. Again, circling back to take a shortcut climbers use, so we could be close to the giant stone towers that many have challenged themselves on, including Jerry…just a few moons ago!

Beautiful autumn weather will not be here for long. I’m so thankful to Jerry for planning another Eagle View Group outing that encouraged us to forget about our weekend chores and take a walk in the woods!

Fellow friends and hikers, Kathryn Allen and Bill Davies were there too! Unfortunately, our paths literally did not cross…this time!