Letter: Volunteer to make Lee cleaner and greener

Volunteer to make Lee cleaner and greener

To the editor:

With the last winter snow behind us (we hope) and the first mowing around the corner, it's time for us to spruce up our town for the tourist season, which might even come early this year. But it's not just for the tourists. It's for us residents.

According to a 2014 townwide survey, walking is the most popular recreation activity, and we have some beautiful places to walk in our town, places that, unfortunately, are too often spoiled by litter. So the Lee Recycling Committee is hosting the first annual Greener Gateway Cleanup on May 7 (rain date: May 14) from 9 a.m. to noon. The cleanup will start and end (with food, music, and a group/garbage picture) at the gazebo on Railroad Street, near the Lee Post Office.

The cleanup's success depends entirely on you, the volunteers. The more we have, the more of the town we can cover. We've started targeting priority areas and welcome suggestions for more, but we need as many people as possible to pitch in so Lee will be gleaming when we're done. To sign up, please contact me at valerie4748@gmail.com.

We're thrilled and extremely grateful for the following sponsors and supporters who so far have committed to do their part. American Rivers, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Center for EcoTechnology, College Internship Program (CIP), Housatonic Valley Association, Middle and High School students, and Lee Youth Association will participate. Many Lee community members have also signed up.

Please join us and help make Lee a truly greener gateway!

Valerie Bluhm, Lee The writer is vice-chair, Lee Recycling Committee.


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