Clean up after yourself

Friday, June 16, 2017

Empty beer cans. Empty soda cans. Cigarette butts and empty packs. Used diapers. Empty nip bottles. Fast food wrappers and bags.

These are only a few things discarded at the Pauchaug Brook Boat Launch in Northfield, by people of all ages who have no respect for themselves or anyone else.

We are so fortunate to have access to the Connecticut River from this beautiful place for power-boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and other water sports. In the summer, parking spaces are filled with boat trailers as folks enjoy the river. Others just come to spend the day at the river’s edge to picnic and relax.

This is also a wonderful place to walk your dog, or just take in the beauty and quiet surrounded by lush foliage and the many birds singing their songs.

This area is maintained by the state and in the summer there is a porta-potty available. Unfortunately in past years, someone’s ignorance has won out and it’s been tipped over.

One might think it’s just kids raising hell but it’s also adults who consider the roadways and areas like the boat ramp as their personal garbage disposals. Sadly, because of this, someone must be paid to clean up the mess, and in this case, repeatedly.

I love the place and walk my dog there regularly. I’ve even picked up trash occasionally, but it’s an unending battle that never gets won. I want to believe that it’s done out of ignorance, but I know it isn’t. It’s due to carelessness, disrespect for the environment and the many decent and caring people who use the ramp. It’s also plain hatefulness.

Sheila Quinlivan

Winchester, N.H.