First aid for Alum Spring

Volunteers are cleaning up Alum Spring Park. Admirable indeed.

Usually overflowing with people on a sunny fall weekend, Alum Spring Park was eerily quiet except for a few volunteers hauling away wheelbarrows of debris and hacking through fallen tree limbs left by Hurricane Isabel.

“It’s pretty ravaged,” Cat Miller, a senior at Mary Washington College, said as she glanced around. Dozens of thick-trunked trees lay on their sides in the 35-acre Fredericksburg park. “It’s actually pretty surreal, too, to see what a hurricane can do.”

Yet another example of volunteerism at work! I really wish that more people would get into this sort of thing. It’s time better spent than watching television, and you can always listen to the Redskins game on the radio. . .

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