Ronan Oestreich, Caleb Oestreich and Brooklyn Clarke are all members of the 4H Club and helped with the community clean up.

Ronan Oestreich, Caleb Oestreich and Brooklyn Clarke are all members of the 4H Club and helped with the community clean up.

Baynes Lake rallies together for community clean up

South Country residents got together to polish up public areas throughout Baynes Lake

Citizens of Baynes Lake came together on June 18, rakes and shovels in hand, for their annual spring community clean up.

Throughout the evening, residents of every age busied around the community, rolling wheelbarrows onto trucks and filling tarps with fallen branches, pine cones, and dried grass. Even a handful of youth involved with the South Country’s 4H Club showed up to assist the effort.

Splitting up into two groups, roughly 20 residents remained socially distant while heading to the Baynes Lake Cemetery to rejuvenate the historic location by raking leaves, mowing grass, cutting branches, and removing weeds. Another collection of representatives tended to the community park.

The event was organized by Sarann Press, an active local volunteer in the South Country who encouraged residents to join the effort via a Facebook post made on their community group. Trying to stay as connected as possible throughout the pandemic, members of the community who could not attend the clean up helped landscape in the days proceeding the event.

“During these times we have unfortunately had to cancel community events like our farmers market, but we are still trying to figure out ways to continue being a strong community and getting people together,” said Press. “Socially, it’s so important to get people together. We are very aware of that and everyone is strategizing ways to do that as far as our community goes.”

An annual spring time event, the clean up is usually followed by a hot dog feast at the community hall. According to Press, the event typically sees many more members of the community participating in the effort, however the pandemic prevented many from joining this year. Even so, the community of Baynes Lake, along with all other South Country municipalities including Grasmere, Elko and Jaffray, continue to find ways to come together to support one another as the pandemic continues.



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Keltie Stout and Mary Munro load a wheelbarrow of grass onto the truck. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Keltie Stout and Mary Munro load a wheelbarrow of grass onto the truck. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Ronan Oestreich rolls a wheelbarrow of dried grass. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Ronan Oestreich rolls a wheelbarrow of dried grass. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Mother daughter duo, Brooklyn and Alysha Clarke, are both active 4H members. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Mother daughter duo, Brooklyn and Alysha Clarke, are both active 4H members. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Father and son Ronan and Wade Oestreich helped to clean up the Baynes Lake Cemetery. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Father and son Ronan and Wade Oestreich helped to clean up the Baynes Lake Cemetery. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Keltie Stout rakes grass at the community clean up. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Keltie Stout rakes grass at the community clean up. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Youngster Brooklyn Clarke was all smiles at the community clean up effort. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Youngster Brooklyn Clarke was all smiles at the community clean up effort. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Young Caleb Oestreich helps landscape at the community clean up. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Young Caleb Oestreich helps landscape at the community clean up. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Event organizer, Sarann Press, holds a bundle of weeds. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Event organizer, Sarann Press, holds a bundle of weeds. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Keltie Stout and Mary Munro were some of the first residents to join the clean up effort. Photos Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Keltie Stout and Mary Munro were some of the first residents to join the clean up effort. Photos Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Steve Ebbern helps rejuvenate the Baynes Lake Cemetery grounds. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Steve Ebbern helps rejuvenate the Baynes Lake Cemetery grounds. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Sarann Press loads fallen branches onto the truck at the community clean up. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Sarann Press loads fallen branches onto the truck at the community clean up. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Event organizer, Sarann Press, ensured the clean up ran smoothly. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Event organizer, Sarann Press, ensured the clean up ran smoothly. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Young River Oestreich delicately places a flower on a grave amidst handing out water bottles. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Young River Oestreich delicately places a flower on a grave amidst handing out water bottles. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

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