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March 12, 2012
STURBRIDGE — What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to clean up an area that was devastated by the June 1 tornado?

On Saturday, April 21, volunteers are invited to help remove debris from East Brimfield Lake and the surrounding area. The tornado deposited a large amount of debris into the waters of East Brimfield Lake as it crossed into Sturbridge, including parts of houses and automobiles, plastic and glass materials, and multitudes of trash that are unsafe for both the environment and swimmers. The lake was closed for recreational use last summer due to dangerous conditions, and park rangers want to make sure it is clean and safe for residents to use in future years.

A methodical cleanup effort led by park rangers and volunteers has taken place in the last nine months, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

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

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