Upton Community Cleanup Attracts Over 100 Volunteers – Thank you Lara Wahl!

Upton roads look better thanks to the efforts of Upton resident Lara Wahl and over 100 volunteers.

In early March, Lara posted in the Mendon Upton Moms and Dads Too Facebook Group that she noticed a lot of trash on the side of the roads in Upton. She asked members if they would be interested in doing a non-formal clean up day in Upton – “It might be fun” she wrote.

Lara took that idea and ran. She coordinated with Bonnie Combs of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and Upton officials.

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor offered  vests, pickers, and gloves and the Upton DPW handed out trash bags and maps of trails and streams.

The group of over 100 volunteers met at the Upton VFW and enjoyed coffee and donuts before they hit the streets. Lara said some of the many “rock stars” who volunteered their time Saturday, April 15 were members of the Upton Men’s Club,  Upton DPW, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Friends of the Upton State Forest, United Parish Church of Upton, Upton Selectman Gary Daugherty, Upton Police Department, and a group from the Elect Stephan Matallien for Upton Board of Selectman campaign.

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor thanked Jeff LeClaire of Fin and Feather Sports for loaning a kayak for the event.

Lara appreciated of all who came out and made this event a huge success, “Thank you everyone for help beautifying our town,” she said.

But really it is all of us who should be thanking Lara for organizing ‘Earth Day Cleanup in Upton’.


Photos are courtesy of Lara Wahl and the Blackstone Heritage Corridor


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  1. Lovinlary@hotmail.com says:

    This make me cry a happy tear. Love my community and how effortlessly collaborative this all was! Thank you thank you Jen Doyle and everyone!! 😍🙏🌍🕊💗

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