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Earth Day in Townsend to include paint swap, live owls and street clean-up


Townsend celebrates Earth Day on the common on Saturday, April 29, with the theme “A little effort makes a BIG difference.” The event is sponsored by Townsend’s Recycling Committee and Recreation Commission and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, April 30, noon to 4 p.m.


Adopt-a-Street Clean Up: Meet at the common at 8 a.m. and clean up Dudley Road until 10 a.m. Trash removed will then be displayed on the common.

“A Drop in the Bucket” Scavenger Hunt: Townsend schoolchildren will receive a list of recyclables not normally considered, such as metal, cartridges, new bulbs, and used recycled paper. For each ten items, the scavenger adds a teaspoon of water to the bucket. How will it add up?

Arts and Crafts table: For making treasures from recyclable items.

Allied Waste will accept all the paper and cardboard anyone brings, including paper from businesses and multifamily housing residents who don’t have curbside recycling.


Latex paint swap

Plant swap: Bring potted plants of any kind starting at 9 a.m. Plants should be labeled with their name (Latin or common) and any warning if the plant tends to spread. Plants may be taken away after 10 a.m. Extra pots are available behind town hall.

Book swap: Any left at the end of the day go to a program administered at the transfer station which sends materials to worldwide programs in poverty-stricken areas to teach people to read English. (Even outdated textbooks and technical manuals are useful; along with working videos and even audio tapes if the words are clear.)

NATURAL CANVAS TOTE BAGS for sale — printed with a color drawing by a Townsend child.


Allied Waste: (formerly BFI), who picks up Townsend’s trash and recycling. Demonstration of how a combination truck works.

“Happy Worms, Healthy Lawns” by Michele Cannon

Eyes on Owls: Live owls on display by Marcia Wilson, at noon and 1 p.m.


Art work made with recyclables by Townsend schoolchildren

Poetry on Earth Day: by Townsend schoolchildren in grades 6 to 8. A prize (to be announced) will be awarded to the best.

What you can recycle: 1) curbside and 2) at the Recycling Center


Compost – Michele Cannon of Mother Earth Landscaping

4H – with animals

2 Boy Scout Troops

Friends of Willard Brook

Townsend Conservation Land Trust

Nashua River Watershed Association

Bender Pools & Spas

Shaklee Cleaning Products

North Central Regional Solid Waste Cooperative (the people who provide our hazardous waste recycling)

Townsend Public Library

Townsend Recycling Committee

Townsend Ecumenical Outreach

Townsend 275th Anniversary Committee


Single-table size lots

Non-profits are free, all others cost $10 (Yard sales may combine families.)

Provide your own table; clean up your site after.

For more information call Recycling Committee Chair Irene Congdon at (978) 597-9191 or e-mail her at, or contact Recreation Director Karen Clement at (978) 597-5914 or by e-mail at

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