Registration is now open for Maine’s Coastweek Coastal Cleanup which begins Saturday, Sept. 15 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 22.
One of Maine’s largest volunteer events, the Coastal Cleanup provides an opportunity for people of all ages to keep Maine’s coastal shoreline and associated waterways clean.
Each year over a thousand participants clean hundreds of miles of Maine’s waterfront.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Maine’s participation in the event.
During the 2017 Cleanup 1,147 Maine volunteers cleaned 105 miles of coast.
Anyone interested participating can visit www.mainecoastalprogram.org to register as a Cleanup Coordinator at one of dozens of sites along the Maine coast or to find a site in need of volunteers.
Coordinators are responsible for guiding volunteer participation, promoting their cleanup, and disposing of the trash collected. Coordinators will receive an information packet containing trash bags and instructions.
Robin Alden is the recipient of the 2015 Innovator Award as part of the first SOURCE Maine Sustainability Awards presented on April 9 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The award is one of seven given to Maine leaders, organizations and businesses.
My relationship with Chandler "Blackie" Blackington began about a decade ago when I traveled to Vinalhaven to visit the community's medical center and eldercare home, exploring the possibilities for Swan's Island. Blackie was my tour guide.