Photo contest will memorialize Burrillville’s ‘favorite places’ in Earth Day time capsule


BURRILLVILLE – Do you have a favorite outdoor place in town? Is there a trail, a stream, a certain view of a lake or even a special tree that inspires you, refreshes you or makes you proud to call Burrillville home?

If so, the Burrillville Earth Day Committee wants to see it – and to show future generations how your favorite place looks right now.

The committee has plans to bury a time capsule as part of Burrillville’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In another 50 years, residents who dig it up will see photos documenting those spaces.

NRI NOW has offered to run the project, and will be collecting digital photos through Friday, March 20.

To become a part of Burrillville history, just send a picture of your favorite place in town to or message it to us via the NRI NOW Facebook page. If you’d like, feel free to include a sentence or two on why you love the place and/or, how you think it might look in 50 years.

Five photos will be printed to include in the time capsule, which will be buried at an event on Saturday, May 2, and the remaining pictures submitted will be copied onto a thumb drive, also to be placed inside.

We’ll also publish your submissions here, and let readers decide which photos best capture the beauty of Burrillville for future generations.

Photos must include your name, and the location where the picture was taken. The pictures can be selfies, include your child or your dog… or simply be a shot of the landscape/scenery. It’s completely up to you.

The only rules are that the photos must be current or taken within the past year, and must be taken outdoors and within town borders. Acceptable formats include JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and HEIF, and pictures may be resized as needed.

Readers are invited to submit up to three photographs.

To help show you how it’s done, Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust, has agreed to go first.

“I love this picture. When the Land Trust takes people for a hike, we ask them to take a photo next to a champion tree, a pond or stream or old stone wall. These folk were so thrilled to see the Clear River up close that they wanted to memorialize that moment. That is what a land trust is all about. I believe that the Clear River is one of the most scenic rivers in all of Rhode Island. The Land Trust is glad to have been able to have saved part of it for all time.”
Paul Roselli, president, Burrillville Land Trust

So look through your phones, cameras and other devices and find the picture that you feel best documents your favorite place in Burrillville. Or better yet, get outside and take your best shot. Show those who will inherit the land what makes Burrillville so special.

Editor’s note: Burrillville Earth Day is put on through a collaboration between the Burrillville Lions club, the Department of Public Works, the Burrillville Conservation Commission, the Burrillville Land Trust, Waste Management, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful and Dunkin Donuts. NRI NOW publisher Sandy Seoane is participating in planning the 50th anniversary through her affiliation with the Burrillville Lions. 

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