2017-04-28 / Letters

Earth Day event a success

To the editor:

Last Saturday, April 22, was the 47th celebration of Earth Day. For years the South Portland Land Trust and city of South Portland have partnered on a clean up of our beautiful city. After skipping 2016 and after a long winter, our city was in dire need of a good clean up. Despite cold and wet weather, almost 150 people signed in Saturday to get the job done.

The South Portland Land Trust and city want to thank the residents and businesses who participated. It was a delight to see so many families check in while wearing their boots, rain gear and great smiles. One family of four excitedly told me they filled seven large bags of trash. Also joining residents were the U.S. Coast Guard, Southern Maine Community College and numerous other businesses.

The unified effort cleaned up Willard Beach, Bug Light Park, the Greenbelt, Thomas Knight Park, Clark’s Pond Trail, the Long Creek Trail, Trout Brook Nature Preserve and dozens of other sites throughout the city. We hope you notice a difference.

We also want to thank Soma Message and Wellness, Protect South Portland, Pet Life, Taproot magazine, Willows, Jeff Ryan and the city of South Portland for donating prizes that were raffled off to 10 participants. I also want to thank Jeff Ryan and Richard Rottkov who volunteered their time to assure a successful event. We also want to thank Denise Michaud who was the volunteer photographer for the morning. If you or your group want to join us for the planning of Earth Day 2018 please contact me and we will see that you are invited to plan and/or participate.

The South Portland Land Trust would like to encourage all of you to consider every day Earth Day in South Portland. For our future generations, it is imperative that we keep out city clean. This ongoing effort will only improve our air quality, keep our watersheds and Casco Bay cleaner and will maintain healthy soils to allow for greater growth.

Again, thank you for all that contributed on Earth Day and for those that make this effort a daily habit. Our community needs and appreciates a clean and healthy South Portland.

Tom Blake, board member South Portland Land Trust

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