HINSDALE, N.H. -- Earth Day occurs every April 22, without fail.
But that day doesn't necessarily fall on a weekend, when the average person has time to roll up their sleeves and help out the environment. Therefore, the Hinsdale Conservation Commission and the town's Board of Selectmen have for the past two years arranged a special day in which local citizens could pitch in and keep their community as beautiful as possible. The 3rd Annual Community Clean-Up Day is scheduled for April 26 and everyone is invited to participate.
Waste and recycling bags to collect debris will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Millstream Community Center on Main Street and the North Hinsdale Boy/Girl Scouts Hall on Plain Road.
Conservation Commission Chairwoman Lisa M. Bomba told the Reformer that Clean-Up Day got started because the commission wanted an opportunity to raise public awareness and get Hinsdale residents involved in its mission by participating in a communitywide Earth Day activity. She said all participants should show up at one of the two sign-in sites between 9 and 11 a.m. and inform commission members which area of town they plan to visit to clean up roadside debris so they can be given gloves and clean-up bags specific to their effort. The bags are then placed by the side of the road, where the town will collect them on Monday. In previous years, the bags were collected and brought to the Hinsdale Transfer Station by volunteers.
Bomba, an environmental scientist, said there has been a great turnout the past two years. She said Hinsdale High School students and members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have helped, as have several other community groups and families.
"But, as with events of this type, we always hope to increase community involvement," she said in an e-mail to the Reformer. "Through the efforts of the dedicated people who have participated each year we have consistently collected between 800 and 1,100 pounds of debris from the roadsides of Hinsdale."
Bomba said she got involved in the conservation commission because she wanted to take part in her community's efforts to protect and conserve land. She said she started as an alternate member in 2010 and was elected chairwoman in 2012. The commission voted to sponsor Community Clean-Up Day in 2011 and Bomba has been active in organizing and participating in it ever since.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts, according to earthday.org.
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