Over the past few years, Clean Mill Valley volunteer Peggy Katcher has made it her job to look after a section of East Blithedale Ave. right at the entrance to town. Over time, she has purchased the redwood tree that is growing in the poppy circle, planted the poppies and has dedicated herself to taking care of all of it, in addition to cleaning up litter.

Despite her relentless efforts, as well as a prominent Do Not Litter sign that touts the threat of a $1,000 fine, litter is extensive at the location. In recent weeks, she came upon an older woman and her two cats who’d been living in her truck nearby – she could not move it because the rim of one tire needed to be fixed. She had no money and couldn’t get anywhere to fix it. 

“I went over to John Savelli at Maluganii Tire Center and told him the situation,” Katcher says. “His guys went over the next morning and repaired the tire. The woman has now moved on. The folks at Malugani would not let us pay for the repair.”

“Peggy is simply a force of nature that has improved that entrance to Mill Valley,” says Joan Murray, co-founder of Clean Mill Valley.

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