Let’s clean up this mess
Green leaves and beautiful flowers of all colors are springing forth as the snow recedes from our roadsides. As wonderful as this sight is, there’s also a downside: the litter that spoils the view. We’ve seen it all: the cans, bottles, wrappers, cups, lids, straws, cigarette butts, plastic bags, cutlery, and so on, ad nauseum. The folks who persist in throwing trash onto the ground or out of their car or truck window have been at work all winter, oblivious to the negative consequences. But that’s another article for another column. Now it’s time for folks to get out in the fresh air of spring and clean up the mess.
Three organizations on the peninsula are sponsoring litter cleanups this month. Please consider joining in one or all of them. Who knows, you might find something really interesting!
The Bremen Patriotic Club is sponsoring its annual roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Bremen Fire Station, 568 Waldoboro Road, Bremen. Last year’s take included more than 100 tires.
Damariscotta encourages residents to pick up litter from their own neighborhoods in April. Groups that would like to volunteer to clean specific areas should let the town know by calling the town office at 563-5168. Trash bags will be available at the town office, at 21 School St. in Damariscotta, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Wednesday from 1-6 pm. One year, we found dollar bills on the ground.
The Bristol Lions Club, with assistance from the Masons and the Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful Steering Committee, are organizing the annual Elmer Tarr Roadside Cleanup for Saturday, April 15 from 8-11:30 a.m. Pick up trash bags the week prior to the cleanup at the town office or J. Edward Knight Insurance in New Harbor, or on the day of the cleanup at Bristol Consolidated School. Register and pick up trash bags on April 15 at the school. The Lions will provide a hot dog lunch at Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor beginning at 11:30 a.m. The rain date is Saturday, April 22.
Pemaquid Watershed Association was established in 1966 and is a volunteer-based, membership-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. PWA’s “Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful” initiative will bolster PWA’s work to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment. For more information, go to pemaquidwatershed.org.