‘Ev­ery Day is Earth Day’ cleanup planned

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

A group of lo­cal friends have or­ga­nized an event to help clean up the area around a mu­ral on Franklin Street in down­town Torrington. “Ev­ery Day is Earth Day” will take place on Satur­day, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The group will meet at Good Com­pany Cof­fee House at 33 Franklin Street in Torrington.

The event orig­i­nated when the groups’ or­ga­nizer, Rana Ry­lan­der Straw­son over­heard two peo­ple ad­mir­ing the mu­ral on Franklin Street near the cof­fee shop, but were dis­cour­aged by the amount of trash at the bot­tom of the col­or­ful art­work. Ry­lan­der-Straw­son is an avid gar­dener and na­ture lover de­cided to take mat­ters into her own hands to help clean up this sec­tion of down­town Torrington.

Af­ter speak­ing with Torrington of­fi­cials, Ry­lan­der-Straw­son got ap­proval for the cleanup event and or­ga­nized the grass­roots ef­fort through her Face­book page.

Those who plan on at­tend­ing are en­cour­aged to take pre­cau­tions to pro­tect them­selves from the dan­gers of clean­ing up trash. Proper at­tire, gloves and wa­ter are a must. Trash bags will be pro­vided, but vol­un­teers may bring their own.

“I am truly over­whelmed and proud of the re­sponse this event has got­ten so far,” Ry­lan­der-Straw­son said in a writ­ten state­ment. “This is not a state or town funded event. This is just a group of lo­cal cit­i­zens want­ing to get a group of peo­ple to­gether to help out our com­mu­nity. Torrington is a beau­ti­ful city, but it’s up to us to keep it that way. I want to thank those who are vol­un­teer­ing for this event and look for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one on Aug. 18.”

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