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THE GREEN CENTER

Her vision made it happen

The Town of New Ipswich is fortunate to have a volunteer like Mary Fortier.

Back in 2009, Mary was made aware of how many still useable items were being disposed of at the town landfill. Carriages, toys, clothing and other items that were no longer wanted by their owners were being dropped off at the landfill for extinction. Out of this concern, Mary had discussions with others, received approval from the Board of Selectmen, and the Green Center was born. The Green Center is a place where residents from Greenville and New Ipswich can dispose of good, used items they no longer want or need, and take any that they might like all at no cost. Donations are accepted and are used to help heat the building or for supplies needed for the running of the facility. The Green Center operates on the reduce, reuse and recycle mantra, and is a very successful operation. Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, the center is crowded with folks dropping off donations and then doing a little shopping to see what should go home with them. The center provides a very valuable service to the communities. Mary’s foresight to see what could be and her perseverance to see things through have been invaluable.

The Green Center is fortunate to have a handful of very dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to make the place organized and inviting.

Without them and their continued enthusiasm, this valuable community organization would not exist.

Joanne Meshna is a volunteer for Green Center, which serves Greenville and New Ipswich.

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