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Mid-April update for:

Friends of the Sunflower River

$2705 raised so far

for the Weir Project!!!

Hey Y’all:

We’re almost There!

Weir Update: Thanks to recent donations from the below we are within $300 of reaching our $3,000 goal. We will extend this fundraiser through June 1st. All we need are 3 people to commit $100, or 6 people to become Friends of the Sunflower River, or both. Juke Joint Festival Coming this weekend and the riverbank is resplendent with fields of yellow rocket. Maybe the capping will be completed in time for Sunflower Fest? Many thanks to Bill Luckett who sent the first donation. To my wife Sarah’s mother, Emma Crisler, who sent the second donation. And to Shonda Warner who ushered a $500 donation through the George and Lillith Burner Foundation and started tipping the scales towards the halfway point!

April Weir Donations:

John H. Barnes ($100)

Joe & Dorothy Middleton ($50)

Karen Kolhaas ($50)

Cliff & Lucille Ochs ($250)

Tim & Meri Tenhet ($100)

Mrs. Walter Thompson ($100)

Delta Bohemian ($100)

Bob Long ($100)

Tom & Lois Irwin ($25)

Lou & Gary Ruskey-Halsey ($100)

Linda White ($15)

Charlotte Huddleston ($15)

Bo Graham ($25)

March Weir Donations:

John & Susan McKee ($50)

Billy & Madge Howell ($25)

George and Lillith Burner Foundation/

Shonda Warner ($500)

Charles Evans ($100)

Bill Luckett ($50)

Emily Cooper ($25)

Emma Crisler ($100)

Dr. McGee ($25)

John & Sarah Crisler-Ruskey ($100)

Quapaw Canoe Company ($500)

Thanks to the internal support from Quapaw Canoe Company (administrative, staff & structural), all 2012 membership donations to Friends of the Sunflower will be diverted to supporting the completion of the Weir Project, including:

New Members: Bob “Spoonz” Rowell and Jon Popper ($50 total)

Renewals: Laura Barnaby, Guy Malvezzi, Curtis Boschert, Bill Hayden, Bob Long, and Sandra & Charles West, Tom & Lois Irwin ($175 total)

Lifetime Members: Charlie & Henrietta Musselwhite

Memorial: A $25 donation made in memorial of the late Sonia Fox of Sunflower County. Ms. Fox was a founding member of the friends.

Sub: $2730

Many thanks to all who have donated so far. If I have inadvertantly left your name of this list, please send me a reminder email. If your check is already in the mail -- thank you!

To everyone else, please consider renewing your membership. OR making a one-time donation for this project that will have a positive effect the quality of life in downtown Clarksdale for decades to come.

See below for the reasons you should donate to this project

***Weir Project***

The Sunflower River Weir needs to be raised another 18 inches -- local support needed to complete project -- $3,000 goal by June 1st.


1. Isn’t the weir project completed? No its not done. It is 90% complete but now it needs to be fine-tuned.

2. Why wasn’t the weir built higher? The engineers didn’t want to cause flooding problems for downtown Clarksdale. But now that we’ve seen the effects of the weir we know 18 inches can be added without future detriments.

3. Why donate? This is your way of participating in the future of Clarksdale, and its a good investment: concrete, steel and rock have longevity!

Friends of the Sunflower River has agreed to spearhead a fundraiser to compliment this project which will provide life-long beauty and promote healthy living to downtown Clarksdale and all the neighborhoods along the Sunflower River including Riverton, Brickyard, Lower Brickyard, West Clarksdale, Duckwalk, Circle Drive neighborhoods, Chancellorsville, Ridgecrest, and anyone else who lives along Sunflower Avenue, Riverside Drive, Cypress Street and enjoys Soldier’s Field Park and the Sunflower River Walk. ($20,000 budget total shared by City, County, and Yazoo Water Management District + contributions).

Send contribution by check made out to “Friends of the Sunflower River” with the earmark “Clarksdale Weir”

Friends of the Sunflower River

291 Sunflower Avenue

Clarksdale, MS 38614

“This river has the blues…”

New Members: Thank you


The past 2 weekends we hosted cleanups of the Sunflower River (from downtown Clarksdale up to Lee Drive) and on the Huskpuckena River (off the old Hwy 61 bridge near the town of Hushpuckena).

Hushpuckena Cleanup:

Go see pictures of the cleanups at:

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