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Hale Hamlin Supports Annual Cleanup To Spiff Up Roadsides

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Written by The Ellsworth American

WINTER HARBOR — Friends of Acadia hosted its 10th Annual Earth Day Roadside Clean-up on Saturday, April 24. Participants were grouped and assigned a section of roadside. Training, gloves, vests, trash bags, snacks and a free T-shirt were provided to all volunteers at the morning sign-in.Those who decided to volunteer the day showed up various designated areas.

Since Friends of Acadia’s first clean-up in 2000, more than 3,500 community and business volunteers have participated. Together, they have gathered more than 8,140 bags of trash and other “stuff,” weighing approximately 36 tons, from the roadsides of Mount Desert Island, Trenton and the Schoodic Peninsula.

“This is a great community event. It may be organized by Friends of Acadia, but the event is driven the hundreds of community volunteers that come out to make a difference each year,” said Terry Begley of FOA. “So gather a group, enjoy a couple hours of work outside and feel proud of the contribution you’re making to your community,” she said. “And if you can’t gather a group, you can make a difference every day, by simply keeping your neighborhood roads trash-free, and recycling and composting what you can.”

The Earth Day Roadside Clean-Up is made possible by support of local businesses and community members. The 10th anniversary sponsor is Bar Harbor Bank and Trust. Additional financial support was provided by: The First, Hale & Hamlin, Hannaford, and The Knowles Company.

Water and snacks for the volunteers were provided by Hannaford. The Maine Department of Transportation donated the bags and collected the bagged trash.