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Clean-up day slated for local towns

September 18, 2011
Members of the Regional Grand Trunk Trail Committee are preparing for National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 24, which will be celebrated with an array of projects in Brimfield, Sturbridge and Southbridge.

There is an especially large amount of work to do in Brimfield, as the Grand Trunk Trail and East Brimfield Lake were loaded with debris from the June 1 tornado. Volunteers interested in removing debris from the trail are asked to meet at the Five Bridge Road trailhead parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for registration. From there, the volunteers will be dispatched with chainsaws, brush chippers, and trash bags to clear the trail of woody debris and trash. Volunteers should bring along sturdy shoes and durable gloves for this project.

“Two miles of the Grand Trunk Trail had to be closed because downed trees from the tornado were blocking it,” said Thomas Chamberland, the chairman of the Regional Grand Trunk Trail Committee. “This project should go a long way toward making that section of the trail useable again.”

A separate set of volunteers will be needed to begin undertaking the massive challenge of removing debris from East Brimfield Lake. Volunteers interested in this project should meet at the East Brimfield Reservoir boat ramp located on the south side of Route 20 on the border of Brimfield and Sturbridge. Boats and canoes are needed for this project, and volunteers are asked to wear shoes they don’t mind getting wet and work gloves. Pre-registration for this project is encouraged by calling 508-347-3705, or by emailing Chamberland at Thomas.a.chamberland@usace.army.mil. Onsite registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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

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