GRAYLING — The Cadets of Friendship Church of Gaylord spent Wednesday afternoon cleaning up the AuSable River, after the Canoe Marathon the previous weekend.

River clean-up has been a tradition for the Cadets for several years now. The group is made up of boys Kindergarten through eighth-grade.

The Rev. Steve Datema, pastor of the church, believes protecting the environment from pollution follows what God told Adam and Eve back in Genesis 1:28 when He told them to care for His creation.

The Cadets picked up five bags of garbage from the river on their latest trip between Borcher’s Canoe Livery and Burton’s Landing.

For more information about Friendship Church’s Cadets or its girls club, GEMS, contact the church at (989) 732-3621, or visit their website at https://www.friendshipchurchgaylord.com.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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