To The Editor:

In the spirit of a year of hybrid models, the Bethel Conservation Commission is sponsoring Green Up DAYS for 2021. Green Up Day is usually held on the first Saturday in May. It’s a day when local residents gather to pick up trash along roadsides in their town. This year Bethel will be having Green Up Day on May 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon. We’ll gather at Davis Park, get bags and then spread out along roadsides that need attention. We ask that you wear a mask and social distance when with the group. We also encourage you to wear bright clothing, gloves and sturdy shoes. We’ll reconvene back at Davis Park at 11:45 a.m. for cookies and water. We’ll also have a truck there so that you can leave you bags of collected trash to be taken to the Transfer Station.

If you prefer not to gather or can’t make it that Saturday, no problem—thus the Green Up DAYS! Choose a time between Earth Day, April 22, and Green Up Day, May 1st and clean up a stretch of road near your home. You can help beautify Bethel with your family, pod or individually. Your work will be greatly appreciated.

This year the Conservation Commission has a Trash Scavenger Hunt and a Trash Bingo Game for the kids. We hope these activities can make your trash pick up more fun and give you the incentive to scavenge high and low for all those pieces of trash out there. Bring your completed game sheets to Davis Park at 11:45am on May 1st and we’ll put them into a hat for a raffle prize drawing. Game sheets can be picked up at The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, the IGA, the Bethel Town Office or The Gem during regular business hours.

We’d love to collect photos of your cleanup efforts. Please share photos with the Bethel Conservation Commission on our facebook page ( or text your photos to 207-381-7309. We will celebrate the work accomplished with a collage of photos to be shared on social media and the newspaper. Woodstock and Greenwood will also be hosting Green Up Days on May 1st. In a perfect world, we would not need a Green Up Day. Until that day comes, we appreciate the time and effort you give to fix a problem in our town. Thank you.

Sarah Southam

Ann Speth

Nate Crooker

Bethel Conservation Commission

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