Letter to Editor: Keeping the roads clean

We would like to thank all of the steadfast volunteers who participated in Friends of Acadia’s 20th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Inspired by the love for their communities, 185 volunteers came out to clean up our state roads on a morning that began with driving rain and roaring winds.

Scouring ditches and roadsides picking up trash, Earth Day volunteers collected 354 bags of trash from 70 miles of Route 3, Route 233, and Route 102 from the Mount Desert Island and Trenton areas, along with many large items, such as car parts and construction debris.

Despite the adverse weather, volunteers were still productive and positive, knowing that their work will make a year-round difference.

Groups that participated this year included Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Camp Beech Cliff, Gamma Sigma Sigma from the University of Maine, College of the Atlantic, Girl Scout Troop 760, Knowles Company, MDI National Honor Society, and Town of Trenton.

You can see a gallery of photos from Saturday on the Friends of Acadia Facebook page.

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 2019 sponsors: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, The Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, Dawnland, Fiore Artisan Oils & Vinegars, First National Bank, Gallery at Somes Sound, Galyn’s, John Williams Boat Company, Knowles Company, Lynam Agencies, Machias Savings Bank, MDI Hospital, Nelson F. Goodwin Company, Pedego Acadia, Window Panes, and Witham Family Hotels.

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 Clean-Up 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.

Dana Petersen

Friends of Acadia

Bar Harbor

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