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Matt McDonough: Community pitched in to clean up Amherst park

To the editor:

On a Saturday in April, the community came together to get Groff Park in Amherst ready for spring. About 25 people from near and far participated in a Viridian Energy sustainability event. the company, a renewable energy supplier whose tagline and mission is “power with purpose,” was joined by the Amherst Department of Public Works, Artemis Garden Consultants, the Amherst Shade Tree Committee and students from the University of Massachusetts to plant trees, spread mulch, rake and pick up trash.

Groff Park has always been a wonderful place for families to enjoy the beauty of Amherst — and now it’s even nicer.

As part of this event, the shade tree panel planted a sugar maple in memory of the late Michael Cann, who was an active member of the community.

Special thanks to Alan Snow, director of the DPW’s division of trees and parks, for overseeing the activities and for much of the coordination that made this event successful. Also, thank you to W.D. Cowls Lumber Co. for donating the mulch and to Big Y for providing refreshments. We hope even more people can join us at our next sustainability event this fall.

Matt McDonough

Northfield

Matt McDonough is an independent associate with Viridian Energy.

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