June 23, 2018
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Bangor officials seek volunteers for spring cleanup

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — City officials are inviting citizens and soliciting volunteers to help clean up the trash and debris that has accumulated in streets, yards, streams and rivers over the winter.

Bangor Environmental Coordinator Wendy Warren has helped schedule four activities as part of Bangor’s annual Street-to-Stream Clean Up Events schedule next month.

“These events are coordinated around specific waterways, rivers and streams, so it’s not just a cleanup of streets, or lots and fields,” said Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow.

The events are coordinated by the Bangor Area Stormwater Group, which includes Bangor as a member, and the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Organizations are encouraged to plan events for April or May, or join one of these events already planned:

  1. Maine Clean Up’s Hermon-Bangor Cleanup on April 21 — This event focuses on improving the Shaw Brook watershed. Volunteers should meet at the Sports Arena parking lot at 1640 Hammond St. in Bangor at 9 a.m. Starbucks is providing free coffee. For information, contact Tim Pellett at pellett@gmail.com or 217-1497.
  2. Main Street Corridor Doughty School Neighborhood on April 22 — This effort, focused on improving drainage to the Penobscot River, will be concentrated on the area from Union Street to Buck Street and Main to Third streets. Volunteers should meet 9 a.m. at Doughty School at 143 Fifth St. Contact Rosie Vanadestine at 992-4241, 991-8445 or rosie.vanadestine@bangormaine.gov.
  3. All Souls Church Community Service Day April 29 — The Kenduskeag Stream-targeted effort will start at 10 a.m. at the church at 10 Broadway. Mary Warner is the contact person for this, at 944-8503 or mwarner129@gmail.com.
  4. Capehart Brook Cleanup — This Capehart Brook watershed effort is sponsored by the city of Bangor. People should meet at the Assembly of God Church lot at 614 Finson Road at 9 a.m. Questions should be directed to Wendy Warren at 992-4255 or stormwater@bangormaine.gov.

City officials will provide free T-shirts, rubber gloves, trash bags and route maps to volunteers. They will also arrange for disposal of trash collected.

Correction: An early version of this story contained a typo in an email address. Tim Pellett's email is pellett@gmail.com.

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