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Earth Day cleanup, kayak races held in Webster this weekend

Webster’s Conservation Commission is hosting the town’s first Earth Day cleanup today, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone is welcome to sign up, and each group will be assigned to pick up trash in a certain section of the town’s roads.

Registration is at the public safety building on Battle Street, and that is also where participants will pick up blue trash bags. Anyone participating should bring their own gloves and wear bright clothing. The commission will be providing water and granola bars. Lots of people have already signed up, and the commission hopes to make this an annual event, said member Sally Embley.

“Since this was our first time, we really didn’t know what to expect, but the response has been good,” Embley said.

The Hopkinton-Webster Recycling Committee held a similar event in Hopkinton last year, and Webster residents wanted to get involved this year, she said. Now that the snow has melted, there is plenty of trash to be picked up along the side of the roads.

Kayak races are also being held on the Blackwater River behind Webster Elementary School today and tomorrow. The races are part of the New England Slalom Series, with races that take place across the area from March through October. Today’s races are practice runs that will begin about 12:30 p.m. The competitive races will start tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Spectators can watch from a path that runs along the course.

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