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Letter: Outstanding Effort in Hartland

To the Editor:

I wish to extend a huge thank-you to the residents of Hartland for an outstanding Green Up Day effort this year. Although we fell six volunteers short of last year’s record (149 volunteers), our enthusiasm was anything but lacking! Once again, Hartland Community Connections set up a table offering baked goods and coffee at the sign-up table; thank you! Members of the Hartland Conservation Commission helped staff the sign-up table; thank you, again. Then, an industrious group of senior citizens prepared the free lunch that was offered to all volunteers. Their time and devotion are well appreciated. One kind soul made sticks to jab and pick up trash — free for the taking. The Scouts and a 4-H group were out in force, along with many others. The kindergarten children had their writing and artwork about caring for Mother Earth on display at Town Hall, where lunch was served. The children at the lunch all gathered and sang a song about taking care of Mother Earth.

When all was done, the town manager gave me the data for the last eight years. I am delighted to say that this year’s collection was the lowest of all, with 1,640 pounds of trash collected, including 62 tires and 260 pounds of metal. Hopefully this says we are headed in the right direction: Less trash is thrown about with a greater awareness and respect for Mother Earth. That should bring warmth to our hearts and put a smile on our faces as we walk the roads and pathways of our beautiful town. Thank you!

Ginny White

Green Up Coordinator