Celebrate Earth Day by helping to keep the earth clean and green

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FARMINGTON — Towns in Franklin County are participating in Earth Day by raking, sweeping and cleaning on Saturday, April 22.
 
Farmington Downtown Association will sponsor the fourth annual Earth Day cleanup from 1 to 3 p.m. starting at the Pierce House, 204 Main St.
 
Individuals and groups will hold a town cleanup and concentrate on the West Farmington start to the Whistle Stop Trail, Jody Bean Palmer, Earth Day cleanup volunteer coordinator for Farmington Downtown Association, said.

 
Jay and Wilton volunteers will also work on the Whistle Stop Trail from 1-3 p.m.  
The Jay Recreation Committee is with the trail work, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said. Volunteers can meet at the French Falls Recreation Area in Jay.  
 
In Wilton, volunteers are needed to help with cleanup on the Whistle Stop Trail, starting at the snowmobile clubhouse by Steve’s Market, Town Manager Rhonda Irish said.   
 
Volunteers can come anytime between 1 and 3 p.m., Bean Palmer said. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be available in each town.
 
All month, Wilton residents are invited by the town and the Wilton Group to participate in Earth Day activities. Those interested in working downtown to rake, clean windows, sweep sand, pick up trash or pull weeds will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the monument, according to Wilton Group member Betty Shibles.
 
After a treat at Collins Cupcakes, some may work downtown while others go to the lake and work in Bass Park and the gardens. The Post Office gardens need work and the Western Maine Children’s Museum may want workers, she said. East Wilton is planning to help with the playground, planter and by raking leaves.
 
Supplies, including trash bags, gloves and trucks to haul leaves and trash to the recycling station, are also needed.
 

Leon Volinski rakes up his yard on Franklin Avenue in Farmington on Monday. Volunteers across Franklin County will gather Saturday to clean up towns and trails as part of Earth Day.

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Leon Volinski rakes up his yard on Franklin Avenue in Farmington on Monday. Volunteers across Franklin County will gather Saturday to clean up towns and trails as part of Earth Day.

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