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Moriah plans Earth Day clean up project

Roadside trash that has been covered by snow will soon be visible and be an embarrassment to the town of Moriah, according to David Bruce. Bruce is coordinating a town-wide roadside clean-up project April 21 to mark Earth Day. He attended the March 13 town board meeting to outline his plans. The town board has agreed to support his project and will provide orange bags, reflective vests and pickup services once roads have been cleaned by volunteers. A successful project depends on having each road or combinations of roads with a volunteer coordinator who will contact his or her neighbors to help with the cleanup, Bruce said. To date, he said, volunteers have agreed to clean 88 percent of Moriahs roads. Bruce estimates it will take volunteers an hour to clean each mile of road. People interested in helping with the clean-up effort can call a volunteer coordinator, Nancy Tuffield at 546-7254, Becky Gilbo at 546-8631 or any member of the Oversight Committee comprised of Paul Salerno, Jeanette Rotella, Richard Carpenter, Jamie Wilson, the Rev. Charmaine Rogers and Pete Rotella. Were making great progress, Bruce said. Earth Day was started on April 22, 1970, in response to environmental issues fostered around the protest tied to the Vietnam War. Since that time, Earth Day has been held every year, but of more recent times it has not achieved one of its objectives, which was to Think globally, act locally. Ugly roadside trash is an enemy to all and collectively it is a community problem that requires the whole community to solve it, Bruce said. The first step is to clean it up and the second step is to prevent it from happening. Things like styrofoam cups last upwards of 20 years in the environment, he added. Diapers may last more than 300 years. These are not only environmental concerns but there are economical concerns that have a direct impact on the tourism for our region. People do not want to come to a place that is dirty and trashy. There are laws on the books that can fine the offenders but often it requires catching persons in the act or some kind of paper trail. While these laws exist, it is just not working, the community must take a stand and change the way they live their lives, Bruce said. Once we do this, if people do it (litter) again itll be pretty discouraging, he said. We have to take responsibility for what happens in our community. Roads to be cleaned and volunteer coordinators are: Silver Hill Rd., Marybeth Mero,942-7861; Wasson St., Middle Rd., Lamos Lane, Norbert St. Pierre; Dalton Hill Rd., Ricky La Pier; Witherbee Rd., Diamond Ln., Cheyenne Morin, 942-6580; Tracy Rd., Moriah Central High School students, Jeanette Rotella , 546-3301; Fisher Hill, Maple Ln., Dyamite Ln., Barbara Armstrong, 942-7132; Bartlet Pond Rd., Sue Sadowski, 942-7534; Plank Rd., Republic St. Teft Ln., Moriah Shock; Office /Hospital Rd., Valley View, Curtis, King Ln., Chuck Gibson, Literacy Volunteers of Essex, 942-7607; Joyce Rd., Sherman St. Wall St. Waterworks Ln., Foote St., Ken and Louise Bobbie, 942-6685; Pilfershire Rd., Erhart Rd., Jim Davis, 546-7985; Chipmunk Ln., Richard and Bonnie Bruce, 546-7404; Crowfoot Rd., Military Ln., Tony Harvish, 546-7463; Ensign Pond, Turner Hill Way, Tony Harvish, 546-7463; Furnace Rd., Hunter Way, Forest Way, Nappy Marcotte, 546-7501; Switchback Rd., Titus Rd., Bill McDonough, 942-5200; Cheney Rd., Alex Cheney, 546-3840; Forge Hollow Rd., Elk Inn Rd., Coyote Ridge, Bernadine Gunning, 597-4516, Eric Munson, Lynn Wallace; Stone St., Linda Pratt, 546-7449; Dugway Rd., Broad St., to Port Henry, Moriah Shock; Fisk Rd., Lowell Bud Pereau, 546-7765; Whitney St., Timber Way, Becky Gilbo, 546-8631; Lakeview Ave., Potter Ln., Allen Masterson, 546-3384, Norman Fields; NYS Route 9 from Village of Port Henry to Crown Point, Moriah Shock; Moriah Rd, Peter Zelinski ; Breed Hill, Sam and Bonnie Meachem, 546-7232; Fairy Lake Rd., Jim and Debra Brady, Stuart and Donna Jerdo, 546-7093; Grover Hills, Ed Roberts, 942-7609, and Ethan Snyder; Biglow Rd., Train Trestle Way, Mullet Bay Rd., Tom Anderson; Moriah Center, Spruce Way, Julie Streible, 546-3442; Tarbell Hill, Jim Slattery, 546-7664; Edgemont Rd. Richard Curran, 546-7233; Harry Allen Rd., Cory Thompson, 546-7169; Lang Rd., Tom and Gayle Baker, 546-7095; Mutton Hollow Rd., Kristina Swan, 546-3853. Windy Hill Rd., Rocky Top, Shelsea Cutting, 546-3153; Riddle Rd., Colby Way, Richard Finnessey,942-7571; Mountain Springs Rd. Cook Shaft Rd., Sue Sadowski, 942-7534; Raymond Wright Ave., Veterans Way, Maiden Way, volunteer coordinator needed, Bridal Row, Power House Rd. Barton Hill, Raymond Briggs, 942-7650.

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