To the Editor:

The Kent Conservation Commission, Kent Chamber of Commerce and Kent Garden Club extend heartfelt gratitude to our neighbors who participated in this year's town cleanup in celebration of Earth Day 2013.

Since 2010, Kent residents have joined together to expand the tradition of cleaning the village center to the entire town of Kent.

An impressive mountain of bright green and black contractor bags was on display at the transfer station as the town cleanup concluded April 27.

While dismayed at the volume of bottles, cans and rubbish lining our country roads, we were inspired by the townsfolk who gave time and labor to this effort, setting an example for us all.

Many thanks to the following people for taking part in the cleanup:

Road captains Michael and Anne Everett, Steve Lowy and Marina Bellica, Brooke Stevens, Beth Dooley, Marge Smith, Steve Greene, Allan Priaulx, Pat Noneman, Karen Altfest, Marge Smith, James Vick, Dan Kellam, Jim Lovelett, Allan Russell, Catherine Bachrach, Nancy Schaffer, Jennifer Pollitt, Leslie Levy, Jane Klein, John Casey, Liddy Baker, Dennis DePaul, Jules Manes, and Wendy Murphy -- and to the many neighbors these captains rallied to help out on their roads.

Also, the Marvelwood School, South Kent School and Kent School students (led by Laurie Doss, Steve Klots, and Dr. Ann Meng, respectively), as well as Kent's Brownies and Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, and troop leaders Kristin Richards, Christina Kurze, Barbara Bishop, Matthew Winter.

Adam Manes transported the bags, and First Selectman Bruce Adams and John Kaminski opened the transfer station to "the spoils."

Heidi Wilson arranged for refreshments at the transfer station to celebrate the haul.

This year, it feels as if the roads are cleaner. I think our message is getting through. People are more aware of the trash on our roads and are either picking it up all the time or maybe people are throwing less of it out there windows.

Please do carry collection bags when you are out walking, and keep a few spare bags in your cars. Next year's spring's cleanup should be a breeze.

Kent's beauty is spectacular -- our community makes it shine.

Connie Manes