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Chaplin Cleanup Day
April 17, 2021 (Saturday)

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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. 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 Last Green Valley

The Chaplin Conservation Commission sponsors an annual Chaplin Cleanup Day, which takes place on the 3rd Saturday of April each year. We did not have a Cleanup Day in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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


How to Participate

With COVID-19 and social distancing, the world is a very different place this year. We will not be having any lunch together on Cleanup Day as we usually do. However, we are still going forward with Cleanup Day, as that should not pose any particular risk as there is no need to be near to other people for this. I do suggest wearing nitrile gloves and of course handwashing immediately afterwards, just to be be sure, in case the nip bottle you pick up was just tossed from a car right before you picked it up.

  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@komuves.org with the following:
    • ► Your Name(s).
    • ► The area you'll be cleaning up (if part of a road, give intersections or house numbers of ends).
    • ► (Limited Availability) You can also request to borrow a trash pickup tool or high visibility safety vest (include size of S, M, L, XL, XXL). If you do, please also provide your phone number. You can pick these up outside from my home on Bedlam Rd.
  3. On or before April 17 perform the cleanup. Plastic trash bags and gloves will be available 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. For the weekend of April 17, 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).
  4. After the cleanup, send any comments, reports, or photos that you want to share about what you found to cleanup@komuves.org. These will be published on this cleanup web page.

2021 Chaplin Cleanup Commitments (View Map)

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Area Responsible Party
198, from Pumpkin Hill Rd. to Natchaug St. Kerry Sacchi , Abbey Morse, Jocelyn Cates, Patrick Morse
198, from Transfer Station to #405 Catharine Dietrichsen
198, from Ridge Rd. to Bedlam Rd. Micah Gutt
Bujak Rd. Dick & Helen Weingart
Bedlam Rd. from #222 to #156 Virginia Walton
Bedlam Rd. from Hall Rd. to #48 Chris & Gilbert Komuves
Chappell St. Zuidema Family
England Rd. from 198 to Canada Ln. Sandra Horning
Federal Rd. from Tower Hill Rd. to Davis Rd. Adele & Henry Swart
Marcy Rd. Ann Lewis & Dave Raczkowski
Morey Rd. from Marcy Rd. to Town Line Ann Lewis & Dave Raczkowski
North Bedlam Rd., from #202 to #90 Pat & Bob Dubos
Nollett Rd. Kate & Jason Mott
Palmer Rd., from Chaplin Elementary to Ridge Rd. Brandi DeMao
Parish Hill Rd., from PHS Pond to South Brook Rd. Tanya & Tom Stone
Tower Hill Rd. from Town Line to Bolduc Ln. Dick & Helen Weingart
Tower Hill Rd. from Ridge Rd. to Chaplin St. Scott Matthies

2021 Cleanup Photos

Email photos to cleanup@komuves.org to appear here.

For any questions or comments, please contact Chris Komuves at cleanup@komuves.org or (860) 455-9839 [cell]. You can also view information on previous cleanup days.