MILFORD - Members of Citizens for Milford and the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail extend their sincerest gratitude to the record number of individuals, families, groups, businesses, and government entities that worked together to make the 2022 Milford Beautification Day a tremendous success this year. Over 150 volunteers helped to make a clean sweep of the Milford Upper Charles Trail and Milford’s parks, streets, and parking lots in this year’s community-wide effort to pick up trash on Saturday, April 23.
Volunteers picked up a variety of garbage, a lot of which we see every year, such as empty drink containers, candy wrappers, nip bottles, masks, and mattresses. More unusual items collected this year include men’s underwear, an animal skull, and mouse traps with dead mice attached. Organizers are disappointed to report that plastic water bottles filled with urine continue to be a problem.
Volunteers in three different pick-up trucks, as well as Milford Highway Department employees in a town dump truck, picked up the bags and garbage that were collected and made 13 trips to the transfer station, dropping off not only bags of trash, but also construction debris, scrap metal, a car bumper, a standing oscillating fan, light fixtures, and road signs.
Beautification Day Chairperson Amie Sanborn says, “We could not host Beautification Day without the help and labor of so many different people and organizations. We deeply appreciate everyone’s efforts and would like to remind all residents to be careful with your trash and to consider taking the time to pick it up when you see it.”
In advance of Beautification Day, employees from Tingley Home Services cleaned up along sections of the Upper Charles Trail, volunteers from Milford Federal Bank worked to pick up the downtown area, and volunteer inmates from the Northeast Corrections Center in Concord worked to pick up along busier roads in town including Dilla Street, Central Street, and Route 140.
Volunteers from many different groups also assisted in the clean-up efforts, including the Milford Youth Center; Connections Program at Milford High School, affiliated with the United Way of Tri County; Milford High School National Honor Society; Milford Democratic Town Committee; Cub Scout Pack 71; Boy Scout Troop 291; Brownie Troop 65017; and Girl Scout Troops 30570, 65222, and 64720.
A number of town and state officials also contributed their time to clean up Milford, including Town Administrator Richard Villani, Select Board member Michael Walsh, Town Moderator Michaelangelo Bon Tempo, State Representative Brian W. Murray, and State Senator Rebecca L. Rausch.
After completing their clean-up routes on Saturday, volunteers were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs courtesy of the Milford Lions Club.
Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and water were provided to all clean-up volunteers courtesy of funds donated by the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail, Milford Highway Department, and Amazon. Representative Murray secured a $1,000 donation from Amazon for supplies.
Citizens for Milford is a volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots organization, which includes a diverse group of citizens who care about our community. Participation in our projects and events is open to everyone in Milford. More information is available on the group’s website (CitizensforMilford.com) and Facebook page (CitizensforMilford).
Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization formed in 2005 to benefit the Town of Milford and surrounding areas, working diligently and in cooperation with the Town of Milford Parks and other departments, various community groups, and interested parties to educate area residents about the recreation and transportation opportunities offered by the Milford section of the trail; promote the use, development, enjoyment, and care of the Milford section of the trail; and raise and expend funds to support trail maintenance and improvements for the benefit of the residents of the Milford area. Information is available on the organization’s website (MilfordTrail.org) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Milford-Upper-Charles-Trail).