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Area gears up for Earth Day

Events around the area and schools on tap for 40th anniversary

Whether it's the spring weather or an invigorated spirit of preservation, young and old alike have been spending the past week gearing up for the annual observance of Earth Day.

April 22 will mark the 40th celebration of Earth Day, which is now observed across much of the world. While those across the Town of Bethlehem and Capital District will be recognizing the day in many ways, Earth Week, running from April 16 until Earth Day, is nearly over.

The week of activities was kicked off at Clarksville Elementary with an Earth Day Fair. This was the second year the school has invited area groups into the gymnasium to set up activities, games and learning stations for the school's more than 200 students, said parent and PTA member Amy Price.

It's about education and fun, she said. "They're learning how to be creative and conservational."

Hannaford Supermarkets was present to hand out reusable shopping bags, and various arms of the Department of Environmental Conservation were teaching kids about the state's varied natural resources. A Cornell Cooperative Extension representative had set up a bicycle that could power a bank of light bulbs.

Local operation Wildlife Alive brought to the fair a number of owls and other rehabilitated birds. Michele Segerberg and Bob Shoemaker run the operation out of Clarksville, where they nurse injured birds back to health. Those who can't be reintroduced back into the wild are often used for educational purposes.

The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and the Northeastern Cave Conservancy were also at the fair.

Earth Day activities:

Deputy Supervisor John Smolinsky will host a ceremony on the lawn of Bethlehem Town Hall (indoors in event of rain) on Earth Day at 10 a.m. He'll speak on the subject of renewing the area in front of Town Hall with plantings of sustainable species.

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