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Communities planning 'Trail Day' projects around area



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Volunteers working on the Grand Trunk Trail in Sturbridge during last year's spring trail clean-up. This year's event will take place on Saturday, April 16. (click for larger version)
March 24, 2011
Walking trails don't become easily navigable and litter-free by themselves — it takes hard work by hundreds of volunteers and members of trail committees each spring to make them safe and clean.

The 11th annual Spring Volunteer Trail Day will be held Saturday, April 16 by the town trail committees of Sturbridge, Southbridge, and Brimfield, along with members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Grand Trunk Trail Blazers, a non-profit organization that works with local trail groups.

Projects will be taking place on trails in Brimfield, Southbridge, and Sturbridge, and residents, youth groups, and community service groups are all welcome to help out at the project nearest them. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the work projects will start at 9 a.m. at the various project sites and continue through 12 p.m.

"Each town has a different project, as this is a regional coordinated effort," said event organizer Thomas Chamberland. "The projects involve priorities that were established by each community's trail committee."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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