Thank You

Thank You For Your Support

April 2012

Our Spring Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup this past Saturday (4/14) was a huge success thanks to YOU!!

Our spring Bread and Cheese Creek cleanup in the Merritt Boulevard Section was a huge success thanks to all our wonderful volunteers! See the photos and videos of them hard at work HERE!

Over 115 volunteers arrived and worked hard in Bread and Cheese Creek in the Merritt Boulevard area between Merritt Boulevard and Willow Road on 4/14/12 (Our original goal was Plainfield Road but our incredible volunteers went way beyond that goal as we made it over halfway to North Point Road !) This is just another example of how incredible out wonderful volunteers are!

Together we cut up and moved 3 fallen trees blocking the stream, we removed thirty yards of trash and debris (307 trash bags full), on twenty yards of metal, which included 7 shopping carts, 7 tires, 5 cans of paint 2 bicycles, a lawn mower, a wheel chair, a cement dual basin sink, an engine head, a couch, a bowling ball, an office chair and the bumper from a 1972 Chevelle! All left over donated food is re-donated to the local food kitchen Saint Rita's Table; which hosts dinners for Dundalk's needy and homeless every Monday evening.

See the incredible results of all their hard work and how beauiful this section of the stream is HERE! See the walking tour video of the area here: Part 1 and Part 2! See a fantastic video of the cleanup and all our volunteers created by Thomas Schwab of Moments By Thomas Photography created HERE!

September 2011

Thank you once again for a successful clean-up! Saturday’s Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup (9/24/11) in the North Point section went extremely well. We can’t begin to thank all our wonderful volunteers enough for all the hard word they did in Bread and Cheese Creek during this cleanup! And we cannot thank our supporters enough for providing us with the means to accomplish our goal. I would like to extend a special thank you to DEPS for allowing us the use of not only an Argo vehicle on Friday, but two Argos vehicles on the day of the cleanup! I cannot begin to overestimate the value of having these vehicles at our disposal for our cleanups. When it comes to the extraction of tires and shopping carts as well as the transportation of heavy debris to the dumpster, they cannot be beat! I also would like to thank DEPS for coordinating the use of a dumpster with SHA for the event! We cannot thank you enough for this support! Although we had help and volunteers from many organizations we would like thank the following: Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (DEPS), The Baltimore Community Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy, Constellation Energy, Saint Timothy’s School, Towson University’s History Club and Circle K, Moments By Thomas Photography, The Gray Manor & North Shire Community Association, Eastfield Stanbrook Civic Association, The CCBC Geocache Club, Gotugo Portable Restrooms, Cambridge Iron and Steel, Entenmanns’s Bakery, G&H Hercules Auto Parts, Chic-fil-A, Gold’s Gym Dundalk, DRC, BRRC and more! If we missed your group, please let us know and we will include you as well!

Despite constant deluges Friday and the threat of more rain Saturday 153 volunteers showed up early in the morning with smiles on their faces and ready to work! Together cut up and removed 9 fallen tress blocking the stream, we filled one forty yard dumpster with trash and debris, on forty yard dumpster with metal (which included 33 shopping carts), 22 tires, 4 bicycles, 3 car batteries, 1 tiller, and a weathervane and much more! Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and our supportive sponsors.

Please take a moment to view our photos from this successful event and we hope to see you on April 14, 2012 for Project Clean Stream as we tackle more trash to save our water.

April 2011

Thank you, Thank you Thank you! Volunteers, Sponsors and Residents, you did it!! This was our most successful cleanup effort to date, with over 149 volunteers making it out despite the unseasonable cold temperatures and periods of rain. Together we removed over 2 Forty Yard dumpsters worth of trash and debris (506 trash bags) as well as 3.5 tons of metal, which included 28 tires, 26 shopping carts (2 from Frank’s Nursery and Crafts!), 4 bicycles, 9 cell phones, 4 plastic trash cans, 5 Christmas trees, 3 fifty-five gallon drums, a microwave, a box full of unused colostomy bags, a Lazy Boy recliner and a full unopened bottle of Pepsi dated 1986! Our efforts have not only made a huge impact on the appearance of Historic Bread and Cheese Creek in the Berkshire Area we have also taken another step toward restoring the environmental health of the Back River Watershed and the Chesapeake Bay. None of this could have been accomplished without the hard work of all our volunteers and the generous support of so many business and groups.

We wish to thank all our wonderful sponsors for all their support! Please see the list of the sponsors from this clean-up. Please support their business and organizations as they have supported us! We couldn’t have done it without you and our wonderful volunteers!

March 2011

We would like to thank the NorthBay Adventure School for coming out on a chilly Monday morning on 3/14/11 to help clean up a portion of the North Point Section of Bread and Cheese Creek. With their hard work we removed 1 ton of garbage and half a ton of metal from the stream which included 12 shopping carts, 15 tires, 3 bicycles, a bath tub, a swing set, a tractor trailer door and part of a tombstone.

Thank you again for everything NorthBay Adventure School, we hope to work with you again soon!

November 2010

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! to everyone who attended the Bread and Cheese Cleanup on Saturday (11/6/10)

Despite the chilly fall weather and cold water, 107 volunteers turned out and removed an incredible amount of trash and debris from the creek!  Giving up part of one’s weekend is a big sacrifice, and it is truly appreciated by historic Bread and Cheese Creek, Back River, and the Chesapeake Bay where all these waters empty.

What a wonderful day! Everyone worked hard, they put their backs into it and dug out 14 shopping carts, they used their personal vehicles to haul trash to the dumpsters, they pushed wheel barrows full of junk, they waded into the chilly waters and the entire time everyone laughed and smiled. Some people were only able to stay for a few hours, others arrived before 7 AM and left after 4 PM, but everyone was wonderful help, and all help was appreciated.

I can not say enough good things about this fantastic group of people. I hope to see them all at the next stream cleanup because I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with. Although I can’t thank everyone enough, some people deserve a special thanks because of all they donated to make this effort possible so here we go (in no particular order): Gold’s Gym Dundalkdonated water, and several members of their staff to help under the leadership of their Manager Raina Dewald; Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet donated so much bread and sweets, that we were able to donate the leftover’s to a local soup kitchen, an anonymous donor who wished only to be known as “A Friend of the Environment” donated a lunch truck to keep our volunteers fed and full of energy all day long! This also helped to free up more volunteers from the grills allowing them to help with cleaning the stream as well. Cambridge Iron and Steel donated the use of a fifteen yard metal recycling dumpster (allowing us to recycle the metal pulled from the creek, not letting it rot in a landfill), Gotügo Portable Toilets donated the use of one of their deluxe portable bathrooms. Kristie Callandar created and maintains our website as well as our newsletters. Professional Photographer Thomas Schwab (Moments by Thomas) also gave up an entire day of appointments to document the hard work of all our volunteers with his skilled photography.  The Monster Truck Hellcamino attended the event as well to smash some carts and put pollution in its place! We would also like to thank Senator Norman Stone for all the support he gave to our event, Delegates Mike Weir Jr., and John Olszewski, Jr. who worked alongside all of us in the cold water an mud. Last but certainly not least all the volunteers who generously donated their time! If I left anyone out, I greatly apologize, please let me know and I will let everyone know in my next e-mail!

Organizations I would like to thank for their support include The Back River Restoration Committee (BRRC) who loaned us gloves, hip waders and personnel which were invaluable! Surfriders (DC Chapter) donated Vitamin Water and Cliff Energy bars, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Geocachers ran a 50/50 raffle on our behalf and brought many volunteers, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Honors Program helped spread the word and brought volunteers to assist. The Patapsco High School ROTC came out in force to help for the day. Circle K of Towson University, traveled all the way from Northern Baltimore County to spend their day helping us out.

I especially would like to thank Candace Croswell and David Ritter of the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM) because without their assistance, guidance, and resources, this would have never been able to take place.  The tools, dumpsters, supplies and the gentleman which assisted us from DEPRM were invaluable beyond measure!  Thank you for everything!!

Anyone can see the huge difference before and after the cleanup.  A forty yard dumpster filled with trash, and a fifteen yard dumpster filled with metal were all pulled from Bread and Cheese Creek. Some of the more noteworthy debris included 21 tires, 14 shopping carts, thee bicycles, two boogie boards, a washing machine, a pool table, an industrial warehouse fan, a playpen, a seesaw, a bowling ball, a butcher knife, and a badly deteriorated, barely recognizable gun.

April 2010

I can not say enough good things about this fantastic group of people. I hope to see them all at the next stream clean –up because I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with. Although I can thank everyone enough, some people deserver a special thanks because of all they donated to make this effort possible so here we go (in no particular order): Gold’s Gym Dundalk donated water, and protein bars and several members of their staff to help under the Leadership of their Manager Raina Dewald, Poor Boys Hearth donated money and so did Hamilton Federal Saving and Loan as well as members of their staff came to help, Starbucks of Canton donated coffee and tea as well as members of their staff, Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet donated so much bread and sweets, that we were able to donate the left over’s to a local soup kitchen, Chesapeake Quality Traders donated granola bars, oatmeal Cookies and bottled water, Chic-fil-A (Eastpoint) donated three large trays of chicken nuggets, Daisy Troop 4239 donated several cases of Girl Scout Cookies, Cambridge Iron and Steel donated the use of two thirty yard metal recycling dumpster (allowing us to recycle the metal pulled from the creek, not let it rot in a landfill), Communications Electronics donated the use of six professional Motorola radios, Bobby’s Portable Toilets gave us incredible low prices on their rentals. Captain Dee Fense of the Ravens also volunteered his day to help us out by helping to “Defend” the environment against pollution! Last but certainly not least all the volunteers who made and donated food as well as their time! If I left anyone out, I greatly apologize please let me know and I will let everyone know in my next e-mail!

I especially would like to thank Ms. Candace Croswell and David Ritter of the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM) and Victoria Stinson of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (ACB). Without their assistance, guidance, and resources, this would have never been able to take place. The tools, dumpsters, supplies and the gentleman which assisted us from DEPRM were invaluable beyond measure! The gloves, first aid kits and signage from ACB were fantastic! Thank you for everything!!

Special Recognition

A special thanks to these individuals for contributing to our organization.

  • Kristie Callander for contributing her time in designing a new logo for our organization as well as this website.
  • Randy Leonard and The Dundalk Eagle for allowing us to use photographs taken by him to promote our work and environmental awareness.
  • Laura Quintana, a local artist, for creating our mascot! If you haven't seen it yet, go to the About Us page.
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