Photos by Chris Rabago
WINSTED — Residents, along with groups from local schools and organizations, all took part in an Earth Day cleanup on Saturday, April 24.
The event was organized by the local nonprofit organization Friends of Main Street, which has held multiple cleanups in the past few years.
Volunteers went up and down Main Street cleaning up trash, and they also went down the town’s Rail Trail, the sides of the Mad River, and over to East End Park to clean up.
“Today is about restoring our earth,” Selectman and event co-organizer Candace Bouchard said. “We have members of The Boy Scouts, Gilbert School, Northwestern Regional School, and members of other organizations here. We are encouraging all residents to just pick up a bag and clean up everything.”
At the end of the event, volunteers came back to where everyone met up on Main Street to eat free pizza.
“Everyone who makes pizza in town has donated food to us, including Sophia’s, Noli’s Restaurant, McGrane’s, ABC Pizza, Monaco’s, Mario’s, and Kent Pizza.”
One of the organizations taking part in the event was the Winchester Land Trust, including organization president Jennifer Perga.
“We’re working together with friends of Main Street to beautify our town and generate some positive energy,” Perga said. “I just hope everyone becomes more aware of taking care of our planet, whether we pick up trash or use our resources much more wisely. I feel like Winsted is turning around and people have a good feeling about this town. I’m very excited about that.”