Before 5/10/14 Cleanup of Bear Creek and Charlesmont Park
Please mark your calendars for our cleanup of the historic Bear Creek shoreline and Charlesmont Park! We plan to clean this area up on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, all the assistance from volunteers and sponsor is greatly appreciated! These photos show the current conditions of this area before out cleanup.

This cleanup will be in conjunction with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream and it will be our fifth year working with them! This cleanup will also be in conjunction with American Rivers. We will supply trash bags, gloves, water, snacks and lunch. A limited supply of waders and tools will also be available for sign out during the cleanup.

Remember, there plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. We will need every type of person of every ability level to contribute and assist with the Clean Up. Though it is true we will need people to dig out shopping carts and haul trash to the dumpsters, we can use people to run water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek. People to sort recyclables from the debris removed. People will be needed to work the grills as well as many other less strenuous activities. We are also authorized to sign-off on Community Service and Service Learning Hours for students. The more people we have, the easier the work will be for everyone. Please feel free to pass this information on to other who might be interesting in helping as well. As my grandfather always said, "Many hands makes the work light". We run our cleanups as a family event with all age groups welcome by developing plenty of ways for volunteers to participate.

This cleanup focused on the historic Bear Creek in celebration of the 2014 bicentennial celebration of War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration. (Bear Creek has been noted as one of the highlighted location on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail) The creek played a rather significant part in the Battle of North Point which took place on September 12, 1814. The creek was uses as a barrier by both the American and British forces and Charlemont Park is the area the British used to evacuate their wounded and their prisoners of war. After the war ended the American Veterans celebrated their victory for 75 years in Chalesmont Park on Defender’s Day. This important part of our history should not be left the eyesore it currently is and those who died defending our country honored in this way.

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If you have any comments or questions please contact us. Thank you again for your interest!
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