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Adopt-A-Highway: Dirty Work for a Cleaner CommunitySubmitted: 05/13/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


Photos By Kailey Burton

RHINELANDER - Ever wonder what it means to "Adopt a highway"? It's dirty work, but leaves us with a cleaner community.

The Oneida County Tavern League has picked up trash on a 2-mile stretch of Highway 8, east of Rhinelander for more than a decade. It's one way they like to give back to the community.

"It's an easy way to help keep everyone happy and the roadside beautiful," says Aaron Schultz, owner of Big Daddy's bar in Rhinelander and a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, "It's a good excuse for some exercise!" he adds.

They usually pick up trash in the fall and in the spring, when the snow is gone, and the grass is not too tall. Today, they filled 14 bags with trash.

Clean-up crew members say drivers are more respectful about what they're throwing out the window these days. In years past, they collected nearly twice that amount of garbage.


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