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Charlton Earth Day plans to focus on cleanup


'If every person does a little bit, it'll make a big difference'



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The winning T-shirt logo, a combination of ideas from Charlton Middle School students Maddison Daniels and Drinda Lee. (click for larger version)
April 14, 2011
CHARLTON — For budgetary reasons, this year's town Earth Day celebration April 30 is going to be a toned-down affair compared to the last two years.

But local organizers are still just as gung-ho about it.

"There's no money this year, so it's less elaborate, but that doesn't mean bare-bones," said Selectman Kathleen Walker. "I think we need to do something to get more people involved."

So far, the ad-hoc planning group intends to do some of the usual Earth Day things — namely, clean streets — in the morning, but is also preparing a pet show and cookout on the Common to follow immediately thereafter. There was also a brief conversation about having music, but that was nixed, at least for now.

"Last year, we had EarthFest with lots of information vendors," said Chairman Linda Davis. "It was a big production and we sold food, but this year … we scaled back the 'fest' part and focused on the clean-up. If every person does a little bit, it'll make a big difference."

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

Janines Frostee
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