Earth Day Celebration 2013 was a success in spite of cool temperatures and a cool breeze. A special thanks to major sponsors: Clare Kremer, Crafts 2000, Peoples Bank and Ron's Port-a-Johns.
Simply Green, the "green" house was there manned by Dan Harrison who is always ready to talk about environmentally responsible building options.. Friends of Lower Muskingum had an informative display about rain gardens. The Southeast Ohio Fracking Interest Group, Green Sanctuary Group of Unitarian Church demonstrated the different effects of global warming in the Arctic vs. Antarctica. Superior Toyota exhibited and was willing to discuss the advantages of the Hybrid Camry as was also the case of the hybrid Volkswagon from Larry Simmons Honda.
Lots of hands-on activities included decorating tote bags; making shrinky-dinks and designing jewelry from recycled materials. Dean Sinclair of Washington SWCD gave everyone an opportunity to learn more about their individual watershed, Kyle Carlson was present to explain birding opportunities in the Mid-Ohio Valley area and the bird trips he is offering to lead..
Tom Redfern of Rural Action explained Rural Action's mission and also the Chesterhill Produce Auction. The Rural Action program, Zero Waste, was ably explained by Steve Sherman. Harvest of Hope shared their message of rescuing food to help the hungry as well as an excellent display on the community gardens. Kathy Layman had an exhibit on native bees and participants could build their own native bee homes to take home with them. Games were provided by Alison Baker, OSU Extension, and Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club members as well as the opportunity to make bird feeders complete with the bird seed.
Par-Mar Stores Volunteers (Susan Bell, Jane Trautner, Kim Davis, Desira Stiers, Heidi Fischer, Pam Pritchett) handled registration and assisted in some of the make-it-and-take-it activities.
Everyone attending the event had the opportunity to vote for entries in the following contests. First prize in youth category of the Sweetgum Ball Contest (what can be made with the seed-bearing balls of sweetgum trees?) was won by Audrey Immele who recognized the merits of using the sweetgum balls as attractive decorations that would deter theft of a picture frame. . She also won first in the youth group for a Bottlecap Caterpillar Seed Starter. Ana Staudt placed second in this category with her jeans purse. The adult Sweet Gum contest was won by Elin Jones who created a unique piece of art using a hat as base. The Trash-to-Art Contest (what can be made from items/material found in the waste- or recycling-stream?), adult category, was won by Elin Jones with a water bottle bag made from fabric scraps with a Christmas tree made from clothes hangers submitted by Laura Sarringhausen coming in second. 11-17 year age group was beautifully represented by Trinity Bookman, (who also won Best of Show), Dakota Early and Dakota West. Contest prizes were donated by Greenleaf Landscaping, Smitty's Pizza, Domino's Pizza, East of Chicago Pizza, Moon over Pizza, Papa John's Pizza and Pizza Hut.
Earth Day Celebration requires planning and effort by volunteers and even more volunteers show up for the event. Everyone's efforts are greatly appreciated.
We're looking forward to Marietta Earth Day Celebration 2014!
Connie Grimes (Peoples Bank), Dawn Wittberg; Kathy Layman, Cathy Harper and Marilyn Ortt (Marietta Area Recycling Center), Community Earth Day Celebration Committee.