Earth Day volunteers Dennis Baker, left of Weld, and his wife Barbara Smith-Baker pick up litter on Wednesday afternoon at the Park and Ride lot near Route 108 in Peru opposite Blaisdell’s Variety store. Smith-Baker, who owns Red Hill Natural Foods in Rumford, has organized Earth Day work in Rumford for the past four years and has seen good turnouts. Not this time, however. That’s why she said she was disappointed, especially when she saw the amount of trash in the lot. “When I first got here, it was like, ‘Oh no! There’s only going to be two of us,'” she said.


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