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Families help clean up Fox River in Batavia

BATAVIA – Kathie Michael shook her head in dismay Saturday morning as she picked up the cigarette butts and candy wrappers carelessly thrown along the shores of the Fox River.

"People don't know the dangerous effects of what their garbage can do to animals," said Michael, who was participating in a spring clean-up sponsored by the Friends of the Fox River. "Two years ago, I found a dead baby duckling that was all wrapped up in plastic."

Michael has helped with the clean-up for the last several years.

"I love environmental issues," she said.

Kelly Tryon, of Geneva, and his daughter, Riley, 13, were finding their fair share of litter, including pop cans and plastic bigs. This is the second year they have participated in the clean-up for the Batavia Robotics Club.

"We just want to clean the Earth," Tryon said.

During last year's clean-up, Riley pulled a trailer tire out of the Fox River.

"It was pretty heavy," she said.

For Alan Magerkurth of Batavia, the clean-up was a family affair. Helping him was his wife, Christy, and their daughter, Nicole, 6.

"I picked up things like bottles, cans and fishing lures," he said.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s on Saturday, Mother Nature cooperated with the clean-up.

"It was a nice day for it," Christy Magerkurth said.

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