CAMDEN — The third annual Leonard Lookner Memorial Camden Roadside Cleanup will take place on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2019. The cleanup is organized by Alison McKellar and Jenna Lookner. Due to snow, this event was rescheduled from mid-April.
The cleanup began in 2017 as a celebration of Earth Day and to honor the late Leonard Lookner, a Camden Select Board member and community leader who passed away February 5, 2017. At 76, Leonard was a spry and active man who routinely walked from his home on Melvin Heights Road into downtown Camden, filling his pockets with roadside trash during the approximately four-mile round trip walk.
Volunteers are invited to meet at Hannaford Supermarket in Camden at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, there, they will receive safety vests and equipment, trash pickers, trash bags, and road assignments. To receive a road assignment in advance, please contact Alison McKellar at email@example.com.
The cleanup was initially inspired by the roadside cleanups organized as part of the "Keep Rockport Beautiful" campaign, as well as by Leonard's constant mission to clear Camden's roadsides of trash.
During previous cleanups, volunteers have removed approximately 2,000 pounds of trash from Camden’s roadsides each time, the goal in 2019 is to remove more than one ton of trash in two days.
While the cleanup will focus on Camden’s 58 miles of roads, residents from all communities are welcome to participate in this fun, community building all-ages event!
There is a Facebook page set up for the event, and those interested in volunteering can inquire via Facebook or email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenna at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested volunteers can also contact Jenna via phone at (617) 894-5766.
For those who cannot make the event but would like to assist, please inquire with Alison or Jenna and receive a road assignment and supplies.
Hosted by “Keep Knox County Beautiful,” the inaugural Route 1 Relay is an ambitious event that will also take place May 3 and May 4. Allowing a massive cleanup throughout Knox County. Generously sponsored by businesses from Warren to Camden, including lead sponsor Horch Roofing, this new event aims to remove litter from all of Knox County’s portion of Route 1. To learn more, visit the Route 1 Relay on Facebook.
With the numerous community cleanup opportunities in 2019, organizers are hoping for greater participation than ever, resulting in cleaner, healthier, litter-free roadsides as spring in Midcoast Maine continues.