“It’s not easy being green.” Kermit knows. And the 100 or so adults and kids of Dover who participated in Green Up Day Saturday May 1, know too! It’s not easy pulling wet garbage or old tires or someone’s underwear out of the brush. It’s plain hard work. It’s not easy understanding why people litter at all, yet sadly, they do.
But Green Up Day is a testament to optimists: To the volunteers who filled more green bags than ever in the last 40 years; to Dover School Principal Bill Anton, health teacher Wendy Johnson, and the kids and parents who participated with enthusiasm and imagination (you should have seen the sculpture they made from the detritus!); to the business community who unwaveringly supported the clean up with food donations for the lunch at the town hall ( it was a feast!): Chadwick’s/Mt. Snow Motors, Deerfield Valley Inn, Dot’s of Dover, G. Housen, Mount Snow, Mt. Snow Sports, Pizzeria Toscanella, Rick’s Tavern, River Valley Market, Shaw’s, Snow Mountain Market, Sysco Foods, TC’s, The Inn at Mount Snow, The Matterhorn, The Roadhouse,Tony’s Pizza & Deli, The Saloon, The West Dover Inn; and especially to the DEDC Beautification Committee volunteers who pulled it all together.
Green Up Day in Dover is now an event. A celebration of caring and community pride that is undeniable. Kermit would be envious. Being green is definitely easier in Dover!
Linda Anelli, on behalf of the DEDC Beautification Committee