May 20, 2018
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Annual Penobscot River cleanup postponed to May 18

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The annual May cleanup of the Penobscot River and other waterways in Brewer, originally scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed by a week because of the inclement weather, Ken Locke, the city’s environmental services director, said Friday.

“We had to reschedule until next Saturday, May 18,” he said. “Same time and same place.”

The city’s Stormwater Public Education and Participation Committee has hosted the annual river cleanup for nine years, which last year collected more than 4 tons of trash. Over the years, more than 30 tons of trash — discarded refrigerators, clothing and food containers — have been removed from the riverbanks.

Area Boy and Girl Scouts, firefighters and police officers, city and business employees have all volunteered to clean up the city, Locke said.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. May 18 at the Brewer Auditorium. After a short safety presentation, the group will be dispatched to locations on the shoreline and around the city to pick up trash until noon. At noon, the group will reassemble for a free picnic lunch and volunteer recognition ceremony, sponsored each year by Jeff’s Catering.

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