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GreenUp Ashland: Get Out and Clean Up, October 3 and 4

Sep 29, 2020 10:29AM ● By Cynthia Whitty

Ashland resident Janet Gamache picks up trash downtown in front of town hall. (Photo/supplied)

A town-wide cleanup effort organized by the volunteers of GreenUp Ashland normally takes place the first weekend in May, but no surprise, as with so many other events this year, the date has been moved. The community clean-up will take place the weekend of Oct. 3 and 4.

This year’s event is being managed virtually for health and safety reasons. To participate, sign up online at www.greenupashland.org or email [email protected]

Karyn Dann-Barboza, an event organizer, is looking forward to holding the event in the fall. “While we usually gather in May when the trees and flowers are just starting to bloom, participating in October allows us to enjoy the colors of the turning leaves. In Ashland we’re lucky to be surrounded by such glorious beauty! The October cleanup event allows us a chance to nurture our environment whileenjoying fresh air and appreciating the autumn landscape.”

Ashland benefits from a community of GreenUp’s volunteers throughout the year. Participants in the Adopt-a-Street program get special yellow garbage bags. They intermittently survey their selected areas and remove trash. When their bags are full, they leave them in a designated area for pickup and arrange with the GreenUp Ashland team to get another bag to fill. To participate in the adopt-a-street program, visit www.greenupashland.org/adopt-a-street.

Dann-Barboza wants to give special thanks to Ashland High School volunteers for selecting GreenUp Ashland for their community service work this fall.