2018-04-27 / Front Page

Protect her

Volunteers come out in force to clean city


Top, from left, Andrew Edson, Miriam Lee, Angela Athearn and Justin Stafinski filled the back of their truck several times over with litter collected from Clark's Pond Trail. They worked together on behalf of Eastpoint Christian Church. Right, Leah Vale picks up some of hundreds of cigarette butts in the area between the Greenbelt Trail and South Portland Housing Authority’s highrise apartments. (Denise Michaud photos) Top, from left, Andrew Edson, Miriam Lee, Angela Athearn and Justin Stafinski filled the back of their truck several times over with litter collected from Clark's Pond Trail. They worked together on behalf of Eastpoint Christian Church. Right, Leah Vale picks up some of hundreds of cigarette butts in the area between the Greenbelt Trail and South Portland Housing Authority’s highrise apartments. (Denise Michaud photos) About 200 people participated in South Portland Land Trust’s annual Earth Day clean up Saturday, April 21. Trust board member Richard Rottkov and clean-up co-chairman estimated that volunteers in 45 groups collected 120 bags of trash, six plastic buckets, four tires, one bike wheel, one vacuum and one bowling ball. Forty-five bags of recycling and 20 bags of returnables were also collected.

“On behalf of the South Portland Land Trust’s board of directors, I especially want to thank the organizations who assembled volunteer groups, like Garbage to Garden, Protect South Portland, South Portland Dog Owners Group, First Congregational Church, Congregation Bet Ha’am, East Point Community Church, U.S. Coast Guard, Brownie Troop 593, and Boy Scout Troop 37, among many others,” Rottkov said.

With Mill Creek Park again the staging area, volunteers cleaned up Willard Beach, Bug Light Park, the Greenbelt, Thomas Knight Park, Clarks Pond Trail, Long Creek Trail, Trout Brook Nature Preserve and dozens of other sites throughout the city.


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