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Gaffer’s staff picks up trash along South Point Road

Gaffer's Sports Pub staffers pick up five large bags of trash recently along South Point Road. Photo by Megan Spencer

From left, Gaffers staffers Thomas Powell, Kathryn Waldrop, Melissa Landsburg, James Stewart, Ashley Harrell and Chris McDonald participated in a beach clean-up on South Point road on Dec. 16. In just a couple hours, the group picked up five industrial- sized trash bags of refuse. Photo by Megan Spencer

By Connie Leinbach

For a change of activity one day recently, the Gaffer’s Sports Pub staff set to work picking up trash along South Point Road.

Ashley Harrell, Gaffer’s owner, said she organized the activity while the pub was closed for roof repairs and the weather was warm.

“There was a lot of debris on the road from the storms,” she said about the impetus for the activity.

In just a couple hours, the group picked up five industrial-sized trash bags of refuse.

The day before, the staffers helped deliver meals to several home-bound islanders in the revived Senior Nutrition Program by the Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging. 

Gaffer’s is one of the island restaurants contracted with the commission to provide fresh-cooked meals, said Audrey Holland, the volunteer administrator of the program.

Megan Spencer contributed to this story.

Gaffers picks up trash

College student Melissa Landsburg spends holiday vacations on the island to pick up shifts and volunteer wherever she can. She is a student at Old Dominion University, majoring in therapeutic recreation. Photo by Megan Spencer