Land trust sends out cleanup invitation

In celebration of Earth Month, South Portland Land Trust and the South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department would like to engage the community in a city-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 24.

The cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon. Mill Creek Park will be the meeting location for this year’s event.

In keeping with COVID protocols, social distancing will be followed at all events and the land trust and the parks and rec department are inviting participants to either come to Mill Creek Park to receive an assignment and materials or instead choose when and where they would like to take part.

Those who prefer to choose their own cleanup location, date and time, should email the land trust at [email protected] so it can document the cleanup, find a site, and provide a helpful guide.

“The South Portland Land Trust’s Earth Day cleanup has been a popular and important event for 30 years,” said Richard Rottkov, president of the South Portland Land Trust, in a news release. “With the partnership of the city of South Portland and the support of many volunteers, we are excited to once again, bring hundreds of citizens together to clean up and celebrate our trails and public spaces and show pride in our community.”

Participating organizations and businesses can find more details about Earth Month and preregister to participate in the annual cleanup or any of the activities by emailing [email protected] or by calling 799-5686. For a calendar of events, visit, the city park’s department or the South Portland Land Trust Facebook page.

Chatmas earns Navy award

Destroyer Squadron 7’s public affairs officer, Lt. Lauren Chatmas, was selected as the recipient of the Thompson-Ravitz Award for U.S. Navy’s Junior Public Affairs Officer of the Year for her contributions during calendar year 2020.

Lt. Lauren Chatmas Courtesy photo

The series of Thompson-Ravitz Awards for Excellence in Navy Public Affairs promote professional expertise and recognize the most exceptional performance and excellence in public affairs throughout the Navy.

Chatmas is from Cape Elizabeth and commissioned as a surface warfare officer in 2011. Following two sea tours on the USS Porter and USS Lassen, she was stationed at the Pentagon where she laterally transferred to the Navy’s public affairs community.

Sen. Carney to host virtual public office hours

Senator Anne Carney, D-Cape Elizabeth, will hold virtual public office hours at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, via Zoom, and it will be broadcast via Facebook live.

Public office hours provide local residents a chance to meet with their elected officials, ask questions and get help with legislative or state government matters.

Carney will answer questions and give updates on her work as chair of the Judiciary Committee as well as her work on the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, in addition to the Legislature’s work more broadly.

To RSVP on Zoom, visit Questions can be shared live or submitted ahead of time at