|7/29/2019 10:21:00 AM|
Milestone 20 years of highway clean up
|Following their recent clean up along Highway 151 to Ridgevue Road the “Scheidegger” group stopped to look at their family bench that is located just to the east of their ending spot.|
From left to right are, kneeling: Mike Scheidegger and Kysa Scheidegger; standing: Maggie Conner, Dewey Roen, Ed Zorbaugh, Tom Scheidegger, Betty Knight and Bob Scheidegger.
There is some dispute as to exactly how many years they have been cleaning up the stretch of Highway 151 from outside of Dodgeville to the now Ridgevue Road entrance to Ridgeway.
"Some of the family say 19 years, some say 20 some even say 25, but it feels like 50!" Anyway the Scheidegger family started clean up along that site about 20 years ago. Sister and aunt to many of them who do the clean up now, Barb, reported to the Dodgeville Chronicle from her home in California that this was the 20th anniversary of the event that started with father Ralph and mother Monica (both who now have passed on).
Sunday, July 21 some of the family members headed out along that stretch of highway and picked up 16 bags of litter. "We have gotten as many as 36 at one time. This load was a little light, which may be a good sign," said Bob Scheidegger, one of the elders in the family.
He also said they had a spring clean up that netted more bags. They have had as many as 20 people picking up litter. "It goes a lot faster the more volunteers (friends and family) you have," Bob said.
Near Ridgevue Road's intersection with 151 the Scheideggers placed a bench in memory od their father a while back. One day Mike, who is an avid runner, was running the trail past the bench and noticed it was gone. He figured someone had taken it for firewood or something like that. Earlier this summer it reappeared at its original site painted and completely refurbished.
The family later found out that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Friends of Military Ridge Trail had removed it and took care of upgrading it.
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