So What Did They Find Under the Bridge?

So What Did They Find Under the Bridge?


After years of speculation the truth finally surfaced ik Almonte one day in July in 1971.

The conservationists moved in Wednesday and walked off with one of the largest caches of bottles ever made in town.

“It’s incredible,” one elderly onlooker chuckled while enviously eyeing a 20-foot line-up of botties on the riverbank, “Not one darn beer bottle among ’em. ” The bottles, along with truck-toads of assorted junk including rusting wheels, mufflers and decaying pipes, were pulled from the river under the Almonte Bridge Street Bridge.

Thousands of bottles were reclaimed from the river Wednesday and today, but most SWEEP workers believe the public will not take heed of their example and keep the Mississippi free of garbage. “It would probably take a serious epidemic as a result of polluted water before people would realize rivers aren’t supposed to be used as garbage dumps,” said 22-year-old Candy Storks, foreman of one of the Sweep crews.

One SWEEP worker. Aggie Thurmen believes, simply that cleanliness is a habit to which many people don’t subscribe. Co-worker Bill McDougall puts it down to the adage of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks. “The answer has to lie in the proper teaching of the young today,” said the student.

As the SWEEP program gains momentum, more communities throughout the watershed are seeking help for their areas. “It’s getting hard to keep’up with them all,” said supervisor Ross Blaine.

You may not get rich on the discovery at least not after carry out a four-day clean-up program at Constance Bay that was next, but bang around long enough under the heaving structure and you could coin as much as two cents an hour.

But what future Almonte’s bottle harvest? This year’s crop will be processed into hard cash for other SWEEP projects and the reapers are hoping for a decidedly poorer crop in the future.

Are old pop bottles worth anything?

Pepper, Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola bottles from the Hutchinson soda and early machine made era. The oldest bring the highest prices often $500-1000 or more for certain rare examples or rare cities. … The best examples of colored sodas can bring $5000-$12000 for scarce forms and rare colors



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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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