In a time when everyone is advising us to stay at home, social interactions are limited and frankly, we’re all getting a little stir-crazy, there’s one universal venue still deemed relatively safe: the great outdoors.

We shouldn’t organize 50-person hikes through the forest, but we can certainly take solace in our favorite isolated and beautiful places. And from the safety of our homes we can share those experiences online.

As such, NRI NOW has decided to extend the deadline for Burrillville’s Earth Day Time Capsule photo contest. The contest, originally scheduled to end tomorrow, challenges residents to share pictures of their favorite places in town. The top five – determined by readers – will be printed for inclusion in a time capsule scheduled to be buried in May as part of Burrillville’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

We have already received many great submissions. This week, as fears of the spread of COVID 19 cancel activities and gatherings, and open up some serious space on our calendars, I think Burrillville residents should submit many more.

The world may not be able to connect in the ways we are accustomed to. For the greater good, we’ve been asked to forgo many things in our normal routines, from gym visits and playground trips, to concerts and parties. This contest provides one way Burrillville can safely continue to connect as a community.

So this week, if you find yourself a little restless, flip through your photos and find a picture of your favorite place in town. Or take the family out for a walk on a local trail, and snap a shot as a fun activity.

We’ll publish your pictures here and just maybe, they can brighten someone else’s day by reminding them that there’s still a lot of beauty in the world, and much to be grateful for even in these uncertain times.

The new deadline for the competition is Friday, March 27, and photos can be shared via our Facebook page or emailed to sandy@nrinow.news. Details can be found here.

I personally submitted my first picture of a favorite place here, and below is my second, taken at Little Round Top Fishing Area. 

Reader photos can be found here, here and here.  

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