Ranger Pontbriand Prepares Group
Students and Teach Pick Up Trash
Students Collect Litter
Group Pose with their Spoils

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For Immediate Release
Friday, April 27, 2007

[Photos of the event are available for download at www.schoodicbyway.org.]

Sumner High School Students Kick-Off Schoodic National Scenic Byway Roadside Cleanup

Fifteen Students from Sumner High School endured wet weather with good spirits as they kicked-off the 2007 Schoodic National Scenic Byway Roadside Cleanup. This event is sponsored by the Schoodic National Scenic Byway Corridor Committee and Acadia National Park each spring between snow melt and leaf-out, when accumulated litter is most visible and easily bagged.

Ed Pontbriand, National Park Service District Ranger of the Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Area provided students with an orientation to the event. He discussed the history of Earthday and the many ways people can celebrate and support our ecosystem. Barbara Shanahan, Chair of the Schoodic National Scenic Byway Corridor Committee discussed the importance of the byway for the local economy.

Following a short break for Pizza, students loaded onto a National Park Service van and traveled to the Schoodic Gateway, located on the shore of Taunton Bay in the Town of Hancock.

The volunteers spread out along the site and quickly filled bags with fast food wrappers, discarded auto parts and other litter. The biggest item pulled from the woods was a ramshackled recliner. The most hazardous item was a large container of waste oil, possibly contaminated with other liquids. One student remarked, "I didn't think we would have much to pick up, but there's a lot here". As drizzle turned to rain, students posed for a last picture before returning to class.

The Schoodic Byway and Acadia National Park wish to express our thanks to Sumner High School Students, Pam Harmon, their service learning advisor, and Sumner High School administrators for this opportunity to be involved in the community. The cleanup was scheduled for April 27 and 28, but rain may have stifled local turnout. Don't despair. There will be many more opportunities to make amends for local litterbugs.

Assistance for this event was provided by the Hancock County Planning Commission. Information about the Schoodic National Scenic Byway and this press release are available at www.schoodicbyway.org.

For more information, Contact:

Jim Fisher
Hancock County Planning Commission
395 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-7131
jfisher@hcpcme.org