Road warriors

To the Editor:

We would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers who participated in Friends of Acadia’s 19th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Inspired by the love for their communities, 272 volunteers came out to clean up our state roads. Scouring ditches and roadsides picking up trash, Earth Day volunteers collected 488 bags of trash from 80 miles of Route 3, Route 233 and Route 102 from the Mount Desert Island and Trenton areas, along with many large items from car parts to construction debris.

Groups reported that there was less trash in many areas this year, so the annual cleanup is making a difference for the better.

Groups that participated this year included Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, Bar Harbor Rotary, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Brownie Troop No. 256, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Camp Beech Cliff, Gamma Sigma Sigma from the University of Maine, Girl Scout Troop 760, Hadley’s Point Campground, Knowles Company, MDI National Honor Society, the town of Trenton, the United States Coast Guard and the Maine Department of Transportation.

We are grateful for the individuals who joined us, the many local businesses who recruited volunteers, to Hannaford Supermarket for all the water and snacks to fuel the volunteers for this project and to the Maine Department of Transportation for picking up the bagged trash. Our big thanks also goes to our 2018 sponsors: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, The Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, Dawnland, Evergreen Home and Hearth, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, The First, Gallery at Somes Sound, Galyn’s, John Williams Boat Company, Knowles Company, Lynam Agencies, Machias Savings Bank, MDI Hospital, Pedego Acadia, VHB and Window Panes.

We encourage residents to celebrate Earth Day all year long by keeping the roadsides trash-free. Please dispose of your trash appropriately. Recycle what you can and put the rest in trash cans. With just a small amount of individual effort, together we can reduce the amount of trash in our communities and help protect our shared lands and waters.

Our thanks, again, to all who participated in the Earth Day Roadside Cleanup this year! This event is successful because of the ongoing support of our local businesses and generous community members. We hope to see you “on the road” next year with friends and family.

Paige Steele

Friends of Acadia

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