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Community members clean up around river and trail in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — The Sierra Club/Fort Kent Community Action Team hosted an outdoor cleanup event on Saturday that drew dozens of volunteers.

Members of Fort Kent Cub Scout Pack 189 chipped in to help clean areas along the St. John River and the walking trail behind McDonalds restaurant, including fourth-grader Jaxson Saucier.

“It’s disgusting that people throw things and it’s not good for the environment anyway,” Saucier said. 

Third-grader Lucas Lozier volunteered along with his grandfather Dale Lozier. Lucas, who early on found some cigarette butts and a Gatorade bottle, offered a simple explanation for helping with the cleanup effort.

“Because I’m a Boy Scout,” he said. “And because it’s good for the environment.”

Cub Scout Pack 189 Webelos, from left, Lucas Lozier, Andre Caron and Jaxson Saucier pick up trash near Riverside Park in Fort Kent. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Friends found an old door while cleaning up near the trail behind McDonalds in Fort Kent. From left, are, Michelle Roy, Brandon Dayton, Marina Miranda, and Robert Nalesnik. (Courtesy of Brandon Dayton)

Sierra Club/Fort Kent Community Action Team member Brandon Dayton said the most unusual item he and a small group with him picked up was a door discarded near the trail behind McDonalds.

“We put a very small dent in all the trash that is out there so further cleanups are needed,” he said. “We are hoping to continue trash pickup but also move on to bigger projects, like how to help people lower their heat bills and moving to renewable energies.”

The Sierra Club is seeking active members and will hold a community meeting on June 21. 

“I’m part of the club because environmental issues [as small as picking up trash to as big as having an influence on policy for climate change] are important and not represented enough,” Dayton said.

For information contact Tricia Rubert-Nason at tnason04@gmail.com or 608-239-2867.

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