Groups to aid cleanup in downtown Norway

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NORWAY – The Oxford Hills Trails Committee has joined a nationwide effort to keep America’s waterway’s clean. Local volunteers will work to clean up Penn Stream, which runs the length of Norway’s downtown, in conjunction with the 15th annual National River Cleanup Week, May 13 to 21.

An estimated 40,000 volunteers nationwide will participate in more than 300 cleanups of waterways this spring. Federal partners include the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The agencies will join local groups in cleaning up about 8,000 miles of waterways.

The National River Cleanup Week mission is to raise public awareness of the magnitude of trash accumulating in the nation’s waterways and to develop a constituency for clean waterways. It event began in 1992. Since then, more than a half million volunteers have collected trash from more than 95,000 miles during 4,623 cleanups.

Trout Unlimited, the Oxford Hills Wilderness Leadership and various other service groups will join the effort to make Penn Stream cleaner and more beautiful. As new developments take place at the former CB Cummings Mill and other spots along the waterway, Penn Stream becomes a special natural feature and a centerpiece in the development of trails and parks serving downtown Norway.

Volunteers in Norway will gather at the driveway beside the old Aubuchon at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13. People will work their way down the stream, gathering debris and leaving it in piles for the Norway road crew to pick up. Those participating should bring rakes and boots, or old sneakers. The Trails Committee will provide garbage bags.

For more information, contact Ken Morse at Healthy Oxford Hills, 743-1562, ext. 776, or morsek@wmhcc.org.

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