by John Rasmuson
In 2000 the Rotary Club was ending its highway clean-up project in Parley’s Canyon on the east end of Mountain Dell Reservoir. Hugh Gillilan, a Rotarian and Unitarian, saw it as an opportunity for community service. For the next 10 years, he organized squads of First Church congregants to pick up litter along a scenic, three-mile stretch of Highway 65 north of its intersection with I-80. On two Saturday mornings a year, rain or shine, they scoured the grassy shoulders of the road, filling bags with fast-food detritus, water bottles, diapers, beer cans—even golf balls in surprising numbers.
Frank Steffey replaced Gillilan and led the litter squad until 2016 when Todd Seymour took over.