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Volunteers gathered at US Button during Putnam's annual Beautification Day. Photo courtesy of WINY.
Team Foster Corp, right, received the Most Nips Trophy from Earl Rosebrooks. Photo courtesy of WINY.
Elizabeth Foss, right, receives the Most Spirit trophy from Delpha Very. Photo courtesy of WINY.
DPW trucks were dispersed around town for bags of trash. Photo courtesy of Marcy Dawley.
trash, put 
shine on
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM --- For the ninth year in a row volunteers from every walk of life came together to put a shine on Putnam.
The Putnam Beautification Day May 6 saw about 90 volunteers, according to Karen Osbrey.
She said they collected around 75 bags of garbage.
Teams sign up to pick up trash, this time starting from US Button as Rotary Park is closed until July 1.
Four years ago volunteers collected extraordinary numbers of nip bottles. 
Osbrey said one of the competitions during Beautification Day is which team/individual collects the highest number of nip bottles. This year the total was 681. "This is the fourth year that we have identified this item as a problem," Osbrey said.
Also on the "plentiful problem" list are large plastic cups (the type that holds iced coffee in). This is the second year, Osbrey said, that volunteers have identified this cups as a problem.
She said the most unusual item found was an old button hook found by the Massey family and the family received a trophy for most unusual item.
 Other trophy winners included:
Best Team : Natchaug Young Marines
Most Spirited Volunteer: Elizabeth Foss from Putnam High
Most Nips: Team Foster Corp
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