We wanted to take a moment to single out the members of the Plainville Conservation Commission, who, on Saturday, filled 11 garbage bags with debris they picked up along the banks of the Quinnipiac River.
These dedicated men and women headed into the woods on a dreary morning to clean up what careless passersby had left behind - trash, soda cans and bottles, alcoholic beverage containers, indicative of parties held along the river bank, with no concern for the river itself, as well as along the Pan Am Railways train tracks. They also found plastic piping and pieces of plywood and other items that the commission members speculated had been tossed out of car windows.
Marge Burris, chairwoman of the Plainville Conservation Commission, said, “We have a lot of dedicated people who want to keep the river clean and get in there to pull out whatever they can.”
We know they’re not alone - though on this morning they were. We know that caring citizens in every town participate in spring clean-ups, and often recruit local children to help, in an effort to keep their towns from looking like the dump that thoughtless others would make it. And we believe that they all deserve our gratitude for their effort.
They understand, as others seem not to, that we are custodians of the land. These wonderful outdoor spaces are as much a part of where we live as our living room and it’s our duty to keep them clean, whether by recycling that beverage container, picking up trash or teaching the next generation the value of the landscape they will inherit.
A special thanks to all who make this effort every spring.