Prairie State Canoeists

A canoe and Kayak Club

Upcoming events

    • 2018-08-13
    • 2018-08-17
    • Namekagon River

    TRIP IS FULL

    Date(s):  Aug. 13 to 17, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    Location:
    Namekagon River
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  River Camping                                                                                     Details: 
    If you ever wanted to paddle the Namekagon when it wasn’t jammed with party animals, this might be just what you’re looking for.  We will be doing two day trips between Hayward and Trego, then doing a three day river camping trip on the usual section.  The upper section has some mild rapids, so good boat control will be required.

    Contact me for details.


    • 2018-08-15
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
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    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and 
    John Anderson
    Details: We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 p.m. The trip will be under 2 hours ~4.5 miles (we will spot a car at the takeout for a reverse shuttle). After returning to load boats/gear,  we will head over to Two Brothers Tap House located @ 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville (in the industrial area nw of Route 56 & 59 @ approx. 8:00 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2018-08-18
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    Aug 18, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-08-18
    • 2018-08-19
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, August 18 - 19, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: The Prairie River is a sweet stream with little develpment and lots of personality.  We will paddle from Prairie River Lake to Nottawa Road on Saturday and from Centreville to Saugenash Golf Club on Sunday. We camp in Amish County...$5/person/night....contact us for more details.

    • 2018-08-18
    • 9:30 AM
    • Wiegand Park(Naperville) to Eaton Preserve Park(Plainfield)
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    Date(s):
      August 18, 2018
    Leader: Russell Block
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Wiegand Park Naperville to Eaton Park Plainfield
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details: 
    Meet at Wiegand Park at 9:00 to unload your boat and gear. Car shuttle promptly at 9:30 am. This stretch of the river is rated beginner and the trip will be about 7-8 miles long. Finish time is estimated at 2:00 but may be sooner or later based on time to complete the car shift, river and wind conditions and other factors.

    You will need your own boat, paddle and PFD. Bring a waterproof dump bag with a set of dry clothes (just in case).  Bring water and a snack/lunch as we may take a short break about halfway through the trip.

    Wear quick dry/fleece clothing.

    A PFD (lifejacket) must be worn on the trip.

    No alcohol is allowed on PSC trips.

    • 2018-08-22
    • 9:30 AM
    • Marengo
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    Date(s):
      August 22, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  County Line Road (Marengo to Belvidere)
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the "up north" section of the Kishwaukee River. It is about an 8 mile paddle with a little of everything; straight, curves, ripples, and possible downfall. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Car shift 9:30. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2018-08-22
    • 6:00 PM
    • Cricket Creek Forest preserve, Addison, IL
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    Date(s):
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    Leader:  Steve Sinderson  630-878-1194
    Co-Leader:  John Anderson  630-487-6865
    Location:  Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, near Fullerton & Villa Ave, Addison
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Evening Paddle
    Details:  We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 pm from Crickett Creek Forest Preserve in Addison. We will paddle to Eldridge Park in Elmhurst where a car will be spotted for a reverse shuttle. This will be a quick trip; about 2 hours, however there is one small dam we must portage. We will return drivers to the put-in to pick up cars and then return to Eldridge Park to load boats. We will meet after the paddle (approx. 9 pm) at HB Jones located at 551 South York Street in Elmhurst for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact the trip leader if you intend to paddle; the shuttle logistics are important! Please contact Steve Sinderson by phone 630-878-1194 if you have any questions. 


    • 2018-08-24
    • 2018-08-27
    • Grantsburg, WI

    ***CANCELLED DUE TO VERY LOW WATER LEVELS***
    Date(s): August 24-27, 2018
    Leader: Regina Watts and Dave Watts
    Location: near  Grantsburg, WI
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: 
                                                                                          

    D
    etails: Experience the beautiful St Croix National Scenic Riverway that boarders Wisconsin and Minnesota. We will paddle four sections including the :Dells" section below Taylor Falls.. Skill level depends on the water level. For more info contact leaders.

     

    • 2018-08-24
    • 2018-08-27
    • Interlochen, MI
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    Date(s): August 24-27, 2018
    Leader: Regina Watts and Dave Watts
    Location: near  Traverse City, MI
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category: 
    Moving Water                                                                                     

    D
    etails: Get out of the heat! Cool off on the awesome spring-fed streams of NE Michigan.  We will be camping at Interlochen State Park (yes, they have showers). We will be near the Boardman, Betsie, Platte, Crystal and Upper Manistee Rivers. Four days = Fours Rivers. Contact Leaders for details.

     

    • 2018-08-25
    • 9:30 AM
    • Kishwaukee River - Baumann Park to Atwood Park
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    Date(s):
      August 25, 2018
    Leader: Russell Block
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Kishwaukee River - Baumann Park to Atwood Park
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details:
    Meet at the Baumann Park boat launch at 9:30 to unload your boat and gear. Car shuttle promptly at 10:00.  Finish time is estimated at 3:00 but may be sooner or later based on time to car shift, river and wind conditions and other factors.


    This stretch of the river 8.5 miles long and is rated as beginner level at normal water levels.

    You will need your own boat, paddle and PFD.  Bring a waterproof dump bag with a set of dry clothes (just in case).

    Bring a snack/lunch and water as we will take a short break about halfway through the trip.

    Wear quick dry/fleece clothing.  

    A PFD (lifejacket) must we worn on the trip.

    No alcohol is allowed on PSC trips.

    • 2018-08-26
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL
    • 7
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    Date:  Sunday, August 26, 2018
    Leader:   Sherri Graham
    Location:  Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction

    This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe. It will be held at Hidden Lake FP in Lisle/Downers Grove. This ACA course will teach you the basics of paddling your canoe. Some paddling strokes you will learn include: fwd, rev, stop, spin (pivot), sideways (abeam), turning and many other skills to paddle your craft skillfully on calm protected waters.

    Pricing:
    PSC Member: Early bird registration: $15 (if registered by July 26) Regular pricing: $20 (after July 26)

    Non-PSC Member: Early bird registration: $35 (if registered by July 26) Regular pricing: $40 (after July 26)

    Participants will need to bring their own boat, paddle, PFD, snacks, lunch, and all personal items. Instructors will contact participants prior to the event with special instructions or equipment needs.

    Registration will close on August 23 at Midnight.

    • 2018-08-26
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL
    • 9
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    Date:  Sunday, August 26, 2018
    Leader:   John Chase
    Location:  Hidden Lake, Downers Grove, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Instruction

    This is the first in our PSC Training Series, Introduction to Paddling for Canoe. It will be held at Hidden Lake FP in Lisle/Downers Grove. This ACA course will teach you the basics of paddling your canoe. Some paddling strokes you will learn include: fwd, rev, stop, spin (pivot), sideways (abeam), turning and many other skills to paddle your craft skillfully on calm protected waters.

    Pricing:
    PSC Member: Early bird registration: $15 (if registered by July 26) Regular pricing: $20 (after July 26)

    Non-PSC Member: Early bird registration: $35 (if registered by July 26) Regular pricing: $40 (after July 26)

    Participants will need to bring their own boat, paddle, PFD, snacks, lunch, and all personal items. Instructors will contact participants prior to the event with special instructions or equipment needs.

    Registration will close on August 23 at Midnight.

    • 2018-08-29
    • 6:00 PM
    • tbd
    Register

    Check with us as this will be dependent on water levels....  

    Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and 
    John Anderson
    Details: We will begin our paddle promptly at 6 p.m. The trip will be under 2 hours ~4.5 miles (we will spot a car at the takeout for a reverse shuttle). After returning to load boats/gear,  we will head over to Two Brothers Tap House located @ 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville (in the industrial area nw of Route 56 & 59 @ approx. 8:00 p.m.) for a late dinner/snack and some camaraderie. Please contact us if you plan to paddle (the shuttle logistics are very important).


    • 2018-09-01
    • 2018-09-03
    • Trego, WI
    • 4
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    Date(s):  September 1-3, 2018
    Leader:   
    Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Co-Leader:   John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  Trego, WI
    Skill Level:  Advance Beginner
    Category:  River Camping, Advance Beginner
    Details:  Contact trip leader for details.  There is a limit of 12 paddlers for this river camping trip so reserve your spot early if you plan to attend!

    • 2018-09-02
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    Sept. 2, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-09-05
    • Shopiere, WI
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    Date(s):
      Sept. 5, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue  Allman
    Location:  Shopiere, Wisconsin
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip
    Details: We will be paddling Turtle Creek from O'Riley Rd. to County Hwy J. This section is senic, and is appropiate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

    Contact the trip leader for information. Steve (630) 665-5707

    Initial sign-up must be done through this page, but until the PSC website is fully functional, all updates will be done by personal e-mail from one of the trip leaders.

    I ask that all paddlers sign up. Please do not invite a guest without signing him or her up through the website.


    • 2018-09-06
    • 2018-09-09
    • Wisconsin River
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    Date(s):  Sept. 6 to 9, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader:
    Location: Wisconsin River
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  River camping                                                                                               Details:   If you wanted to take a river trip over the Labor Day weekend but were unable to, this trip is just what you need. (People who paddled on Labor Day are welcome too.) All the liveries know that the weekend after Labor Day is the deadest of the season, so we can expect to have the Wisconsin River to ourselves.

    This is a four day trip for those who can get a couple days off work, and a weekend trip for those who can't. We will launch from Arena on 9/6/18 and take two days to paddle down to Muscoda. On 9/8/18 we will pick up the weekenders in Muscoda and paddle two more days down to Woodman.

    This trip is river camping, and is appropriate for any skill level.

    E-mail for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



    • 2018-09-15
    • 2018-09-16
    • Baraboo/North Freedom, WI
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, September 15 - 16, 2018

    Leaders: Sherri GrahamJohn Anderson
    Details: This is a great place for a weekend getaway...about an hour drive from Madison, WI. Join us for one or two days...camping one or two nights. We will paddle two stretches of the Baraboo River.  Contact us for details...

    • 2018-09-15
    • 8:30 AM
    • 899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
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    Date(s):
      September 15, 2018
    Leader:  John Ziegler
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  899 Jay Street Elgin, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup
    Details: 
    This is a walking stream/streambank cleanup due to low water and/or narrow stream. Meet at the Izaak Walton League lodge about 8:30 to sign in, get supplies (gloves, bags & some tools) and find out where to go. Wear clothes that you can get wet and dirty. Dress for the weather. Lunch is provided for the workers.

    Contact leader with questions. Please register for this free event.

    • 2018-09-15
    • 1:00 PM
    • Fox RIver, Algonquin
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    Date(s):
      September 15, 2018
    Leader: Jodie Auliff
    Co-Leader:  
    Location:  Fox River, Algonquin
    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
    Category:  River Cleanup
    Details:
      Annual Fox River Clean up with National Its Our River Days

    We usually go out to Scorched Earth Brewery after the event

    We put in at the Algonquin Dam (Cornish Park) and take out at Fox River Shores before the Carpentersville Dam.   This is part of it's a river days and Algonquins community days.  Last year we did a initial shuttle and a reverse shuttle.  Expect launch shortly after 1:00PM


    • 2018-09-19
    • Plainfield, Illinois
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    Date(s):
      Sept. 19, 2018
    Leader: 
     Steve LaPorte
    Co-Leader: Sue Allman
    Location: Plainfield, Illinois
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day Trip                                                                                                Details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We will be paddling the DuPage River from Plainfield to Hammel Woods. This section is peaceful and senic, and is appropriate for anyone, regardless of skill level.

    Contact the trip leader for information. Steve (630) 665-5707

    Initial sign-up must be done through this page, but until the PSC website is fully functional, all updates will be done by personal e-mail from one of the trip leaders.

    I ask that all paddlers sign up. Please do not invite a guest without signing him or her up through the website.





    • 2018-09-22
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    Sept. 22, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-09-22
    • 2018-09-23
    • Ontario, WI
    • 12
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    Date(s):
      September 22-23, 2018
    Leader:   Sherri Graham & John Anderson
    Co-Leader:  John & Marilyn Ziegler
    Location:  Ontario, Wi
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Base camping
    Details:  This is our annual fall appreciation trip. Usually the colors are phenomenal and the river valley as seen from the lookout at the Wildcat Mountain State Park is breathtaking. The Kickapoo is known as the 'crookedist river in Wisconsin'; it is intimate and unspoiled! It never disappoints paddlers! We have a group camp site reserved at Wildcat Mountain State Park (the one in the trees). We will have our traditional feast/community dinner and campfire on Saturday night. Call/e-mail for details, to sign up for what to contribute to the dinner and to reserve your spot for the weekend!

    • 2018-09-26
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Just west of the Busse Lake Boating Center dock
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    Date(s):
      September 26, 2018
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  Karen Willden
    Location:  Busse Lake by the boat dock
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup/Community Partnership
    Details: 
    We would like to show the Cook County Forest Preserve that the PSC group are reliable partners in the care of this treasured local water system. We would like to have a consistent, longterm group Wednesday morning cleanup set for the third Wednesday of every month that will not conflict with the long standing PSC Wednesday morning River paddle event.

    Meet at 8:00 and be ready to paddle by 8:30 AM.

    Please place this event on your ongoing todo calendar.

    Thanks so much.

    • 2018-09-29
    • 2018-09-30
    • St Joseph County, Michigan (Three Rivers - Nottawa)
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: River tbd based on conditions and the group...We will camp in Amish County...$5/person/night....contact us for more details.

    • 2018-09-30
    • 9:30 AM
    • Upper Des Plaines Russell Rd to Wadsworth Rd
    • 6
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    This is the rescheduled July 21 trip
    Date(s):
    Sunday September 30, 2018
    Leader:  Helen Gretz
    Co-Leader:   Bill Kessler
    Location:  Upper Des Plaines River - Russell Rd to Wadsworth Rd
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Paddling
    Details: 
    For this rescheduled New Member Paddle plan to arrive at the Russell Rd launch to unload your boat and gear well before before the 9:30AM car shuttle.  Bring all the usuals:  dump bag, plenty of water, hat, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks, lunch, and always your PFD/life jacket.  Rain, rain, stay away, come again another day! Note:  limited to 15 boats including leader and co-leader

    • 2018-10-03
    • 9:30 AM
    • Belvidere
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    Date(s):
      October 3, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:  Belvidere to Espenscheid 
    Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This section of the Kishwaukee River can have downfall and swift current so good boat skills are required. It will be a 10.5 mile paddle. Bring water, lunch, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2018-10-06
    • TBD, depending on river conditions & need
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    Date(s):
    Oct. 6, 2018
    Leader: 
    Paul Klonowski
    Co-Leader: 
    Location:  TBD, depending on river conditions & need
    Skill Level:  Intermediate
    Category:  Clean up
    Details: This is a scheduled workday for the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Des Plaines River Stewardship Project. It's always a fun day on the river, and PSC members get Double Points, too!

    Help clean up the Upper Des Plaines River! Time & Location TBD, depending on where it needs it the most.

    • 2018-10-06
    • 2018-10-14
    • tbd
    • 6
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    Date:
     Saturday-Sunday, October 06-14, 2018

    Leaders:  Sherri Graham and John Anderson
    Details: You can join us for a day or two...or the whole trip!  Where we go and what we do depends on those who go, but is a goal to be up north near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manistee National Forest.  Contact us for more details...

    • 2018-10-06
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Busse Lake boat house
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    Date(s):
      Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Leader: Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  Bill Kessler
    Location:  Busse Lake boat house, Elk Grove Village, IL
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup---Lake and Shoreline
    Details:
    This Cleanup Event is coordinated with a Busse Lake Cleanup Event that is hosted by CCFP.  This is a good opportunity to partner with the CCFP as well as increase awareness of PSC among people who routinely volunteer at the lake.

    • 2018-10-17
    • 9:30 AM
    • South Elgin to St. Charles
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    Date(s):
      October 17, 2018
    Leader: 
    Susan Allman
    Co-Leader:   Steve LaPorte
    Location:   South Elgin to St. Charles
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Day trip
    Details:  This is the final Wednesday trip of the year. This section of the Fox River is wide and appropriate for all skill levels. This about a 5-6 mile paddle and we will not stop for lunch. Bring water, PFD, and dress appropriately for the water & weather. Contact trip leader for more details.

    • 2018-10-24
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Just west of the Busse Lake Boating Center dock
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    Date(s):
    October 24, 2018
    Leader:  Dan Kohler
    Co-Leader:  Karen Willden
    Location:  Busse Lake by the boat dock
    Skill Level:  Beginner
    Category:  Cleanup/Community Partnership
    Details: 
    We would like to show the Cook County Forest Preserve that the PSC group are reliable partners in the care of this treasured local water system. We would like to have a consistent, longterm group Wednesday morning cleanup set for the third Wednesday of every month that will not conflict with the long standing PSC Wednesday mor