By CHRIS LARABEE, JULIAN MENDOZA and CATHERINE HURLEY
As the weather warms up and people celebrated Earth Day over the weekend, folks around Franklin County took their spring cleaning beyond the walls of their homes and helped clean up their communities.
Cleaning kicks off in Greenfield
At The RECOVER Project in Greenfield, a handful of people gathered to pick up trash along Federal Street on Friday.
Near the Hangar Pub and Grill, Melanie Farr and her son, 11-year-old Henry Rollins, gathered pieces of glass, cans and wires into city-issued blue trash bags.
“It’s more inviting. It looks better,” Farr said of the street as she walked along, adding to her bag.
Inside The RECOVER Project office, Kara Kavanaugh, the recovery coach program supervisor, painted a scene of grass and flowers on the building’s front windows. Earth Day and the cleanup provided an opportunity to change the painting for spring, she said.
“It’s a city that keeps giving back, and we want to give back to the city,” Tom Lavoie, The RECOVER Project’s peer and community engagement coordinator said as he collected trash outside. “It’s pride. We live here.” […]