To the Editor:

The Kent Conservation Commission and Kent Chamber of Commerce extend heartfelt thanks to our neighbors who participated in this year’s CleanUp in honor of Earth Day.

Annually since 2010, Kent residents have joined together to clean up roadside trash across the entire town of Kent. An impressive mountain of bright green and black contractor bags was on display at the Transfer Station as the CleanUp concluded April 22 with a celebration including coffee and cake.

While dismayed at the continued volume of bottles and cans lining our country roads, we are inspired by the townsfolk who give time and labor to this effort year after year, setting an example for us all.

Thanks to road captains Catherine Bachrach, Marina Belica, Evelyn Bhumgara, Austi Brown, the Burke family, John Casey, Melissa Cherniske, Barbara Deitz, Caroline DeVito, Anne and Michael Everett, Carol Franken, Wayne Giles, Shelby Green and Jay Adler, Victoria Hamilton, Tom Holcombe, Carol and Brent Kallstrom, Bill Lang, Debbie Levine, Charlotte and Dick Lindsey, Jim Lovelett, Leslie and Rick Levy, Connie Manes, Karen Moreno, Roz Mulho, Wendy Murphy, Kathy and Bruce Osborne, Barbara Psarakis, Mary and Bill Roseboom, Allan Russell, Nancy Schaffer, Donna Sommers, Imkje Tarazi, Alex Toppan, James Vick, Amber Victory, Marion Whynott, Zohare Yardeni and the many neighbors these captains rallied to help out on their roads.

The South Kent School donated a day of service and marshaled 14 teams of faculty and students to cover many miles of roads.

The Marvelwood School, Kent School and Kent’s Boy and Cub Scouts, including troop leaders and parents, provided additional cleanup support on Skiff Mountain, Schaghticoke Road/Route 341 and within the Village Center.

The state Department of Transportation crews from New Milford and Cornwall joined in on Routes 7 and 341 to coordinate with our effort.

Thanks to First Selectman Bruce Adams and to John Kaminski, who arranged for the Transfer Station to receive the collected trash and recyclable material, and to John Baker, Becky Collins and Donna Sommers for their help in transporting the beautiful cakes.

Each year the roads seem a little bit cleaner, so hopefully our message is getting through. People are more aware of the way our roadsides look and think twice before tossing trash out the car window.

Please do carry collection bags when you are out walking, and keep a few spare bags in your cars. Let’s keep our town looking beautiful all-year round.

Liddy Baker

CleanUp chairman

Kent Conservation Commission