By SHANNON WATKINS
“We’ve only been together since February,” says Friends of Peak Creek co-founder and president, Vickie Houk, “so we’ve made tremendous progress.”
The group, which modeled itself on the Friends of Claytor Lake and even received a letter of support from them earlier this year, will hold their first cleanup event next weekend. The event will begin by meeting up at the depot at 1 p.m. and go from there.
“I would think we’d be done in about three hours,” said Houk. “It’s just that big long block between Washington and Jefferson. We’re not going into the creek at all. We’re just doing landscaping and cleaning along that way—picking up trash, pulling up weeds. It’s going to take some work. The town said it might provide some mulch. American Eagle is going to bring water for us.”
Houk advised volunteers to dress in long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes. Anyone is free to show up and help, “but you do have to be over 18,” Houk said.
FOPC, which has received a certificate of incorporation from the state of Virginia, and has sent in its application for 503c1 status, also accepts donations, all of which go towards the work of the organization. For those interested in joining, their next general meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the depot.
“From reading the responses made on our Facebook page of beautiful memories people have (of Peak Creek), we need to take it back,” says Houk.
To contact FOPC, call Houk at 994-0698, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/peakcreekfriends. To send a donation, address it to Friends of Peak Creek, P.O. Box 1024, Pulaski, VA 24301.