St. John Valley

Volunteers sought for outdoor spring cleaning in Allagash

ALLAGASH, Maine — Volunteers who want to get outside for some fresh air — or just do some good for the St. John Valley community — are welcome to take part in the annual outdoor spring cleaning of the Allagash town roads on Saturday, May 16.

Allagash resident Susan Gardner began the clean-up initiative four years ago in honor of Earth Day.

“We do it every year — we clean up the sides of our road in our town to keep it clean,” said event co-organizer Cheril Turner Simpson.
Social distancing measures will be observed during the clean-up this year due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year we’re doing it differently because of the virus. We’re asking everybody to show up in their vehicle. We will give them bags and gloves. They can leave the trash on the side of the road in the bags and we will go back and pick them up,” Turner Simpson said.

The organizers usually donate bottle refunds collected during the clean-up to local charitable causes.

“This year we’re going to stock up on trash bags and gloves because we are now running out. They were donated a few years ago and now we’re back to buying them,” Turner Simpson said.

Members of all towns are welcome to help out with the clean-up.

Volunteers should arrive in their vehicles at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Allagash Community Center.

“The more hands the merrier and the faster we get it done,” Turner Simpson said.

For information or to volunteer for the outdoor cleaning activity, contact Cheril Turner Simpson on Facebook or call her at 207-398-3105, or call Susan Gardner at 207-398- 3163.

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