Some politicians in Greene County spent their day in the largest wetland in the Midwest. We all know that politics can get a little messy this time of year. These political-hopefuls are messy--in the literal sense--and for good reason. "We wanted to give our candidates an opportunity to show the public that basically they are committed to the betterment of the community and they`re very good at working together," says Kerry Conway of the Greene County Foundation. These Greene County candidates--and their supporters--are here working together to not only clean the community, but to also show that even if running against each other, they don`t mind being with each other!! "We all know one another, regardless of which party we`re running on, we`re all friends. We all know one another so it`s good to get together like this and do a community project," says Republican Greene County Sheriff Candidate Terry Pierce. "It lets people know that we`re interested in the community. I mean, that`s mainly what we`re for anyhow," says Dured Townsend, Democratic Candidate for Greene County Sheriff. This quiet land here in Greene County is known as Goose Pond. It`s 8,000 acres and was purchased by the state almost 1 year ago. It`s a safe haven for animals, which is one of the reasons these people decided to come out here today and clean it up. Bags and bags of trash was found, but there was also some items found that would definately never fit in a trash bag. "It`s been quite a treasure hunt. We`ve found 3 sets of mattresses and box springs, I think you saw us pulling the refrigerator out of the ditch, with a chain which was rather exciting. We`ve gotten 3 television sets, a recliner, a sofa, several windows complete with pains--I mean basically we`ve had, pretty much, ooh a couple of microwaves too," says Conway. It`s a win-win situation--for those who hope to get votes, and for those who call Goose Pond home. "Any kind of contaminents that we can get out of the water is gonna benefit not only the wildlife but is gonna benefit us as well," says Goose Pond Property Manager Brad Feaster. Conway says, "It`s been a very profitable morning for us, if you want to think of finding this trash as profit!" Visit greenecountyfoundation.org for more upcoming events.
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