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Volunteers clean up trash in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Twenty-eight people from 4 years old to retirement age joined forces to make Fort Kent a cleaner and more beautiful place on Saturday. 

“It was a great event,” organizer Tricia Rubert-Nason said. “Despite the predictions of rain, it turned out to be a lovely day to be outside and it feels good to make our community a little nicer.”

The Sierra Club/Fort Kent Community Action Team sponsored the event. 

The volunteers collected trash along the beach at Riverside Park, on the grounds of Fort Kent Community High school and University of Maine at Fort Kent, the trail at Fish River Falls, aside Main Street in the town, and other areas. 

“I was down on the beach with the young people and we’ve really made a dent there,” Rubert-Nason said. “You actually have to work to find trash now which was very much not the case when we started.”

The town allowed volunteers to unload trash in dumpsters near Riverside Park, although some volunteers disposed of the garbage on their own, so it is not possible to gauge the actual amount collected, Rubert-Nason said. 

The group held a similar event in May, and they are not done yet. 

“We plan to have another clean-up in the spring and hope to make it a friendly competition and get local organizations and businesses involved and see who can clean up the most trash,” Rubert-Nason said. 

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