Here is the press release for our Saturday event.
You and your groups are key players and could you please send the word to your members to join us in this fun , educational family day !
Thanks so much for your time and passion for our Millers river.
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Contact: Bobby Curley
978 549 1747
Millers River Success
Celebration June 4
ORANGE -- The successful cleanup of the Millers River will be celebrated Saturday, June 4, with an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orange Innovation Center (OIC), 131 West Main St.
The program, sponsored by the OIC and the North Quabbin Trails Associaton (NQTA), is entitled “Miracle on the Millers: A 40-year Success Story.” Participating organizations include the Milers River Watershed Council, the Millers River Fishermen’s Association, Trout Unlimited, and the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce , Greenworks ,and Visitors Bureau.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about how the badly-polluted river was cleaned up as the result of grass roots action and the involvement of municipal, state and federal governments, as well as the cooperation of area businesses.
The program will open at 10 a.m. with comments by the Rev. Don Erickson of the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. He will dedicate the program to the memory of the late State Senator Robert Wetmore.
Genevieve Fraser of Orange, former legislative aide, will read a poem written by Wetmore, who fished the Millers in his youth. In the poem, Wetmore recounts returning home from the Korean War and entering politics in response to the shocking environmental degradation of his favorite river.
Jack Dunphy, OIC owner, and Brianna Drohen, manager, will offer a welcome to their complex, and there will be opportunity to learn about how various projects are progressing there, including the Honest Weight Artisan Beer facility.
Rice Flanders of Orange and Allen Young of Royalston, members of the Watershed Council, will lead an informal conversation detailing grass roots action to protect the river since the Council’s founding in 1970. The backdrop for their conversation will be a video monitor display of photographs by MRWC board member Paul Rezendes of Athol.
The morning program will conclude with a brief talk by Eldy Taylor of Royalston who is a professional expert in waste water treatment worldwide. Local wastewater plants will be acknowledged
At noon, there will be a tour of the OIC fitness program including its gym and new Outdoor Activities Center with swing station demo unveiling of the 15 station Hosmer Woods / OIC Fit Trail
Starting a 12:30 p.m., the program continues with Dave Flint of the Athol Lions Club talking about the River Rat Race. Pete Mallet of the Milers River Fishermen’s Association will focus on the sport of fly fishing, and Scott MacDonald of Trout Unlimited will explain his organization’s role in cleanup, as well as its current mission.
Representatives of Greenworks, which has helped promote recreational activity on the river, and the NQTA will also speak.
Trail Head, a retail outdoor store in Orange Center, will have a promotional and products table set up. There will be musical performances as well as food and drink available -- including the Honest Weight Artisan Beer parlor which opens at noon every Saturday.
North Quabbin Trails Association, Inc.
Hello all NQTA, If you can make this fun , free family event for this Saturday from 10 to 2 at OIC Please join us for this fast moving celebration ...