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April 09. 2013 8:55PM

Milton's Earth Day events will include Route 125 cleanup

MILTON - Residents have at least two opportunities to celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up roadways and taking a short hike on a local farm later this month.

Even though last year's event was rained out, the third annual Milton Earth Day Cleanup is scheduled for April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves, wear orange and report to the New Hampshire Farm Museum, located at 1305 White Mountain Highway - Route 125 - about 20 minutes early.

Organizers will provide bags, safety cones and pick up the trash and recyclables, according to a release.

Teams will be dispatched to pick up trash and debris along Route 125 and Applebee Road - which have both been designated New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways. They are also part of the Branch River Valley Trail, according to Virginia Long, executive director of the Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG).

Anyone interested in adding their street to the cleanup list needs to organize a team and register as a road leader. Children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult, according to Long.

"Our Earth Day cleanup in Milton is open to all," Long said, adding the effort will help beautify the town and inspire community spirit.

Long said the event previously attracted MMRG members from nearby towns - like Wakefield, Brookfield and Wolfeboro - when it was first held in 2011.

She added participants picked up a variety of items the first year, but the most memorable one was a bumper from an old vehicle that was hauled up from a ditch beside the road.

Long said the event was cancelled due to inclement weather last year.

Long said this year the event has expanded with the addition of more sponsors, including members from the Farm Museum, the Parks & Recreation Department, Milton Fire and Rescue, Milton Conservation Commission, Boy Scout Troop 155, Cub Scout Pack 155 and Milton Home Schoolers.

"I think people like the satisfaction of a cleanup event and being part of a team effort," Long said, adding the potluck lunch at the Farm Museum is a fun way to share a meal with friends or make new friends.

Long said participants should also bring a dish for the potluck lunch. She added they need a variety of cold salads, hot crock pot dishes and desserts to make a meal enough for all attendees.

After cleaning up the area, participants can enjoy the scenery during an Earth Day hike, which is scheduled for April 26 at Branch Hill Farm on Applebee Road in Milton Mills. The two-mile hike through the nearby trails and woods begins at 11 a.m.

Organizers suggest participants dress in layers, wear hiking boots or water-resistant footwear and long pants to protect themselves against ticks.

Guides will keep participants moving and thinking by teaching them how to determine the age of a tree and pointing out evidence of local wildlife - such as pine cones eaten by squirrels or tracks of porcupines and deer.

Anyone interested in participating in the clean-up or the hike must contact Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or e-mail info@mmrg.info.

For more information, visit http://www.mmrg.info/.

jquinn@newstote.com


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