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On behalf of the members of the Bardstown Boaters I would like to thank everyone who participated in the fifth annual Paddle Pickup. Rain-soaked hair and mud-caked shoes couldn’t prevent volunteers from removing tires, bottles, cans, and even the guts of a washing machine as they canoed five miles of the Beech Fork River. Once again the success of the event rested on the hard work of the volunteers and the generosity of the sponsors.

Special thanks to Judge Dean Watts, Central KY Canoe and Kayak, Horizon Hoppers, Save-a-Lot Food Stores, the Kentucky Standard, and PLG TV for their ongoing support of the event. We’re also grateful of this year’s cooperation from Quest Outdoors and Columbia Sportswear. We were fortunate to welcome the Boy Scouts Troup 147 led by Mike Thomas as they once again completed their civic duties by helping remove close to a ton of garbage from the waterway. Also big thanks go out to the Hite family who provided river access to a section of the Beech Fork in dire need of our efforts.

Jay Thomas