It’s been said “it isn’t easy being green” but at least most of those who helped with Wilmington’s Green Up Day on May 4 and 5 seemed to have fun.
Nearly 150 volunteers turned out and used over 225 Green Up bags to pick up roadside, trailside, beachside and riverside litter. Those helping included young and old with ages 2-80 represented. There were some families of three generations who came together to work. We welcomed many new teens to the effort this year as they joined us for community service credit. There were representatives of the Wilmington Trail Committee, the Windham Sailing Club, members of the Chimney Hill Homeowners Association, and dozens more folks too numerous to mention.
Free hot dogs, ice cream, water, and soda were enjoyed by volunteers thanks to donations from Leader Beverage, G. Hausen, C&S Beverage of Wilmington, and Mount Snow.
Thanks also go to the town and school office and kitchen staff who helped with preparations beforehand and to the road crews who were out this week to pick up all the full bags and piles of collected litter. In addition, there were several adults who assisted us during the day to make sure all went smoothly.
Green Up is a wonderful community effort. It feels good and it makes our town look better. Thank you, one and all. And special thanks also to all whose year-round efforts reduce the amount of roadside litter.
Kathy Larsen and Rebecca Sweeney
Green Up co-ordinators