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ing and vandalism - problems we must solve if you over the Choking and-or ; a picnic bench, other facilities burned) ; and like the recent disaster, It's what Lake park their staff Week of the and fall in beautiful 32o- lark. vandalism confined to Spring Lake same two - in varying other county recreational include, Stillwater Park, Doran School, Park, Ragle Bouverie Preserve, Beach, Park and we on the apply to First, a and the park ! Park. opened in 1974, lies on side of Santa Rosa between Santa Rosa's Howarth Park and the An- nadel State Park. The facilities are maintanined and operated by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department, under the direction of Parks Chief, Joseph Rodota. The park is directed by Chief Ranger, Arnie Rodgers. Assisting him are: Rangers, Janet Ross, Tony Soto, Jim McCray; Maintenance crewmen Bill Arenander, Jeff Olsen; Groundskeeper Larry Moody; Volunteer Gloria Ferina; .and, Park Aides Lucy McAdam, Steve Missmer, Keith Penner, Dyan McKenna, Eileen Clark, Don McIntyre and Pia Jensen. The 320-acre park has a 72 surface-acre lake, one-half mile long by one-quarter mile wide, with more than two miles of shoreline. The park facilities include campgrounds for day use and overnight camping, a boat ramp, horseback riding trails, picnic grounds, fishing areas, walking and jogging trails, bicycle paths and a swimming lagoon-complete with large shower-dressing rooms and an attractive concession stand. This park is but one of more than a dozen outstanding county-owned and operated recreational areas, which are expected to play a much larger role in our recreational plans in the future due to fuel and energy shortages. Sonoma County is indeed fortunate in having such an excellent local park system, which includes: ocean front parks, parks along the Russian and Petaluma Rivers, a mountain park, plus park sites in all five super- visorial districts, and in almost every city and town in the County. The County is unfortunate in that all the parks suffer from the careless and in- considerate littering and vandalism (and in some cases the total destruction) of park facilities and outdoor furniture. As an example, let's take a look at some of the problems encountered by park per- sonnel at the County's regional facility at Spring Lake Park. At Spring Lake, littering is the most prevalent problem talthough not as costly in the long run as vandalism). It takes hours and hours of the park staff's time, each week, just to keep the park moderately clean, according to Chief Ranger Rodgers. The problem of littering is a major pain in the park ranger's posterior, mainly because it's so unnecessary and-or senseless. It's un- neceessary because there are 135 fifty-gallon garbage cans spread throughout the 320- acre parksite, including the fishing and swimming lagoon areas. It is senseless because it costs all of us money. Money to pay permanent and -or temporary employees. Approximately $13,000 was spent last ,year to pay park employees to pick up tons of garbage that persons threw on the park grounds despite the fact that garbage cans are everywhere! (This was in addition to the tons of litter, refuse or other discard that was put into park gar- bage containers.) Almost every Monday, according to Rodgers, the regular park employees (plus student and other temporary help in summer) spend several early morning hours picking up 30-gallon garbage bags full of litter from the grounds, most of it within a few feet of one of the park's garbage cans! There's another tragic result of the carelessness of fishermen and other park users. Rangers, and other park personnel, frequently find ducks and other birds with plastic "beer can holders" around their necks, or with fish hooks lodged in their mouths and throats. Birds who are thus en- trapped by plastic beer can holders or who swallow a fish hook, usually die from strangulation before the park rangers can find and help them. The heaviest littering is found in the fishing areas around the swimming lagoon and the worst litterers are the fishermen, swimmers, sunbathers and picnicers. Though ALL litter disturbs Rodgers, he is most con- cerned about materials that won't disintegrate i.e. monofilament fishing line and styrofoam cups, plates and cartons, which are constantly being discarded around the lake and in the picnic areas. Almost every week, a bench, picnic table, direc- tional sign or restroom facility is broken, burned and-or vandalized in some way or another. In addition, hardly a week goes by without the uprooting and destruction of a tree, shrub, or other greenery in some area of this beautiful park. Why do people litter? Well, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) officials tell us there are three major reasons people litter: (1) people tend to litter where they see litter accumulating; (2) people litter where they feel no sense of ownership; and (3) people litter where they think other people will clean up after them The local park rangers and staff members agree with the three reasons above, still they try to persuade people to take more pride in the upkeep of their local parks, and to help alleviate the littering problem. Rangers Rodgers and Ross have discussed the idea of having youth groups form "Litter Patrols." These "Litter Patrols" would see that people not only pick up litter left lying on the ground, but also politely ask iitterers to help us keep the park and its facilities clean and usable. (They haven't established the youthful "Litter Patroll' as yet, but they may do so before the summer is over.) Park rangers and other officials are trying to attract the attention and enlist the support of govermnent, in- dustry, service, fraternal and social clubs, as well as schools in making everyone aware of the costs and seriousness of littering and vandalism problems in our local parks. The latter problem vandalism - is actually more serious, more costly problem, say the rangers. They say that while it takes time, they can pick up the litter and temporarily eliminate the problem, but with vandalism it's another story. Vandalism ..broken park signs, picnic tables, chairs, water faucets, restroom Wednesday, July 9, 198 - Page 11 mirrors and-or other facilities cost taxpayers for more in the long run than any other park problem. The . really sad part, they say, is that it's all so unnecessary! Furthermore, the destruction vandals bring about, often causes certain areas of the park to be temporarily closed. That means the rest of us are denied full use of our recreational areas because a few thoughtless, selfish people apparently can't stand to see the rest of us enjoy our park facilities. Park officials say that vandalism in Spring Lake Park alone, costs an estimated $2,500 annually. (Some say that the cost is twice that...as high as $5,000 yearly). That includes the cost of repair and-or replacement of objects tools and other facilities that are stolen, demolished or damaged. In fact, just replacing restroom doors which have been vandalized in the past few years, in Spring Lake Park alone, cost more than $4,000! All in all, if we total the various costs above, we can readily see that the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department spent in the neighborhood of $19,000 during the past year, just to clean up after a lot of careless people or to replace or repair many of the park's physical facitilies which were damaged or destroyed by vandals. A little more and-or con- cern by all of us can help reduce that figure sub- stancially...maybe even eliminate it entirely. Park officials say they need the help of all of us to defeat the insiduous twins, "Lit- tering and Vandalism". Along this line, in a broad appeal to everyone using the parks, Rodgers said, "The parks are open for your en- joyment. Please make it your personal concern and avoid littering and van- dalism. Remember, if .you can carry it in, you can carry it out, If you witness others committing acts of van- dalism or littering, report it to your park ranger. Your help in keeping our parks beautiful, clean and intact will be greatly appreciated," Here are three other facts park officials say we should all remember: I. With gasoline at $1.30 a gallon and going higher all the time, we're all going to have to look to areas closer to home to find and enjoy recreational activities. 2. There's no better place to enjoy yourself than in one of our many county park and- or recreational areas. 3. The better care we all take of these precious recreational areas, the nicer the place will be when we feel the need for relaxation. News i Tampax Tampons ;:::'n' co,,., Toothpaste, 30 OFF Label, 6.5 ounce aby Powder Jotm$on's. 14 ounce Velva After Shave, 4 ounce O9 Empidn Compound 50 count The unfortunate duck above with the plastic beer can holder around his tor her) neck may catch the plastic holder on a tree or bush and strangle to death before park personnel can rescue the animal. These plastic holders are constantly (and carelessly) discarded by park visitors and as a result, more than 100 ducks and-or geese died in the park during the past year. Park Rangers are constantly reminding the public to place these holders-.and other fangerous litter in the garbage cans situated throughout the park. (There are 135 garbage cans in this park alone!) ! Safeway 135 Film 24 Prints. Roll s189 D-Con Mouse Prufe 2 ounce 45 o Sleep Tablets Un;>m, 16 count EIm's Wond kul 3 gr wnS 89* MPX Mouse Trap V0ctO, 2 Pack Safeway for Liquor, Wine & Beer=. of Yogurt ClmroI, Oily or Off. c s139 500 m9 100 COUnt E S269 40O113.. ' o I00 count .w,  **o*.swc= Iuv m c A t el mwo savl, TIll Weeks FeMue: 2% or. 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Comparable statistics for the same period a year ago: May 1979,| Unemployment 7,500; Employment 117,100; Unemployment rate 6.6. April 1979 Employment 115,200; Unemployment 8,200; Unemployment Rate 6.7. March 1979 Employment 113,900; Unemployment 9,500; Unemployment Rate 7.7. This latest report of the state Employment Development Deaprtment on employment in this area shows that 117,000 people were working in May - 200 more than in the previous month. Compared with a year ago, employment ts down by 100. The number of jobseekers was 9,600 in May, up 100 from the previous month and up 2,100 from May 1979. The unemployment rate rose over the month from 7.5 percent in April to 7.6 percent in May. The unemployment rate a year ago was 6.6 percent. ', A separate report on wage and salary employment showed a total of 90,000 nonfarm jobs in Sonoma County, an increase of 4100 jobs over the previous month. Over the year since last May, nonfarm payroll em- ployment has risen by 1,300 (a growth rate of 1.5 per- cent). All major industry divisions recorded job gains over the year except con- slruction which was down by 700: