This year’s Harvest Fest, as in years past, is intent on minimizing the amount of trash we generate. To that end, we are hoping to enlist a volunteer corps to help make this possible.
help the public sort their recyclables, compostables and trash into designated containers (training provided);
switch out recycling and trash bags, compost containers once full
collect recyclables and compostables from designated bins;
have fun and enjoy the festival while reducing waste and slowing climate change!
Volunteers are needed starting at nine am for set up until six pm for consolidation. We are looking for volunteers ideally able to work a minimum of two hour shifts. You can work alone or in a team or we can put you in a team, so you won’t be alone! Students looking to earn community service hours welcomed!
Here is your chance to volunteer in the oldest standing committee in Rockport, to work towards conserving and preserving our water supply. This is an organizational meeting to focus on our “conserve and preserve” mission and strategize about goals for the months ahead, till we report to Town Meeting in April. Possible initiatives for us to explore:
1) Review and monitor the watershed land in Town and notify the Town when any such land may come up for sale, so the Town may consider purchase or other action
2) Conduct tap water tests around town. The water that comes out of our water treatment facility is sound, but to get to taps around town, water must pass through infrastructure both public and private, some of which dates back over 100 years. Collate results and report back to town.
3) Educate the public on water conservation, research low-flow devices, to reduce water bills.
4) New Ideas welcome!
Our committee reports directly to Town Meeting and seeks to contribute in a manner complementary to other Town committees. All are welcome, students in particular, performing Community Service.
Heading into Nursing, Social Work or a related medical field? Great opportunity to gain some hands on experience, brighten a person's day and earn some Community Service hours at Gloucester Healthcare. Contact Nancy Pitman at 978-281-033.
Attention dog lovers!!!!! Disabled Rockport resident, living at the Rockport School Apartments needs someone to walk her Cairn Terrier daily, after school. Please call Nancy Shaw at 978-999-5986.
Student volunteers needed to help continue to
monitor elvers migrating up Mill Brook. Great opportunity to work one on one with NOAA Environmental Scientists.
Interested students, once selected, will become familiar with the following through conversations, watershed hikes, and training:
American eel life history, status, human impacts
Millbrook and meadow "restoration" project
Overview of the watershed and the history of human impacts on the watershed,the importance of the brook to the history of Rockport,
Elver and environmental data collection( a one or two hour a week effort from April 1 through the summer).
Community outreach - during weekly sampling as well as through some community events