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Chaplin Pride Month
April, 2013

We live in a wonderful town, that's filled with the natural beauty of forests, fields, rivers, streams, ponds and wildlife—as well as historic buildings and cemeteries. All too often, many of us forget just how interesting and beautiful our town is, and don't do all that we can to help preserve that beauty. This is an initiative, sponsored by the Chaplin Conservation Commission, to use the month of April to focus on manifesting pride in our town. We hope that you will participate, and encourage your friends and neighbors to participate, to help renew this sense of pride and make our town an even better place to live.

This is the schedule so far—check back here for additional events that may be added later.

Chaplin Clean-Up Day  (PDF Flyer)
April 20, 2013 (Saturday)

If you're like me, you feel disgusted when you're walking or driving down a road in our town and see trash littering the sides of the road, or in our cemeteries, Diana's Pool, or other public spaces. Here's a chance to do something about it!

The Chaplin Conservation Commission sponsors an annual Chaplin Cleanup Day, which takes place on the 3rd Saturday of April each year, which is the first Saturday after income tax returns are due. This is usually just the right time of year. It is late enough that the weather is usually tolerably warm, the spring thaw mud is drying, and all the greenery is just on the verge of popping out. It is also just early enough that the foliage isn't quite out yet, including poison ivy leaves. And it's the same week as Earth Day.

The goal is to have as many households as possible each agree to clean up a section of road or other public area (like Diana's Pool, a cemetery, etc.) within Chaplin.

Here's how it works:

  1. Look at the list of cleanup commitments below, and choose an area not yet taken that you or your family/household/organization are willing to take responsibility for cleaning.
  2. Email a note to cleanup@chaplinct.org with a description of the area you'll be cleaning up (area of road or place), and who you are.
  3. On or before April 20th, perform the cleanup. Plastic trash bags and gloves will be available during the month of April at the Chaplin Town Hall if you need them. If you come across anything on roads or public land that's too large for you to manage, please let us know, and we'll ask the town to deal with it, if that's appropriate.
  4. For the weekend of April 20th, a town dump truck will be parked at the Town Hall parking lot, into which you can deposit trash from the cleanup (please do NOT bring any personal trash there).
  5. After the cleanup, send any comments, reports, or photos that you want to share about what you found to cleanup@chaplinct.org. These will be published on this cleanup web page.

After Clean-Up Town Party
April 20, 2013 (Saturday) 3:00pm - 5:00pm

For everyone who participated in the cleanup, we will be gathering at Garrison Park for an after-cleanup party. Food and drink will be provided, and additional potluck contributions are welcome (but not required). From 4:00pm - 4:45pm, there will be a performance by the Natchaug River Jam.

Nature Walk
April 20, 2013 (Saturday) 5:00pm

After the Natchaug Jam performance, Naturalist Juan Sanchez will lead a nature walk around Garrison Field, departing from the gazebo. This will include a visit to the nearby vernal pools and a discussion of the benefits of this diverse area (open grassland, pond, wooded pools, and mixed hardwood forest) for birds and other wildlife species.

2013 Chaplin Cleanup Commitments (View Map)

Area Responsible Party
Rt. 6 (Hampton Rd.) from Riasexzny Dr. to #392 (Chaplin Farms)Zevetchin Family
Bedlam Rd., from town line to cemetery Steve, Chris, & Liz Laume
Bedlam Rd. Cemetery Chris Komuves
Bedlam Rd. from Cemetery to #100 Chris Komuves
Bedlam Rd. from #100 to Route 198 Paul & Sue Peifer
Canada Lane Linda Caron & Family
Chaplin St., from Palmer Rd. to Tower Hill Rd. Deb Field
Cross Road Johanne & Bill Philbrick
Diana's Pool Boy Scout Troop 440
England Rd., from Old State Rd. to Eden Retreat Center Jim Whitehouse
England Rd., from Eden Retreat Center to S. Bear Hill Rd. Juan Sanchez & Family
Federal Rd., From 115 to Tower Hill Rd. Tiffany Rose
Garrison Field (Path) Cub Scouts Pak 92 & Parents
Miller Rd. from Rt. 6 to #90 Marian Hanyckyj
Natchaug St. Howard / Cordy Family
Nollett Rd. Jennifer Roberts & Family
North Bear Hill Rd., from Rt. 198 to Middle Rd. The Smith Family
North Bedlam Rd., from Davis Rd. to #90 Bob & Pat Dubos
North Bedlam Rd., from #69 to Bedlam Rd. Steve, Chris, & Liz Laume
Old State Rd. Jim Whitehouse
Palmer Rd., From Ridge Rd. to Chaplin St. Deb Field
Palmer Rd., From Ridge Rd. to North Bedlam Rd. Kreg OHara
Ridge Rd., from Tower Hill Rd. to Palmer Rd. Deb Field
Ridge Rd., from Palmer Rd. to Rt. 198 Scott Matthies
Rt.198, from Chaplin Museum to Ridge Rd. Scott Matthies
Rt.198, from Town Hall to Chaplin Museum Lync, Bill & Rick Harbaugh
Russ Cemetery Lync, Bill & Rick Harbaugh
Singleton Rd. Ann Lewis & Davie Raczkowski
Tower Hill Rd., from Bujak Rd. to Russ Cemetery Kitty Leshay
Tower Hill Rd., from Russ Cemetery to Bolduc Ln. Warren Church
Tower Hill Rd., from Davis Rd. to Ridge Rd. Carl Lindquist
Tower Hill Rd., from Federal Rd. to Davis Rd. Bill Rose
Tower Hill Rd., from Ridge Rd. to Chaplin St. Deb Field

2013 Cleanup Photos

Diana's Pool Cleanup Garrison Park Party Dump Truck Nature Walk

There will also be a Natchaug River Cleanup Day on June 8, 2013. Check back later for more information.

You can also post any questions or comments to the Chaplin Town Forum (email to chaplin-forum@googlegroups.com or signup below), that you would like to share with other people in the town. For any general questions or comments, please contact Chris Komuves at cleanup@chaplinct.org or (860) 455-9839 [cell]. You can also view information on previous cleanup days.

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