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Area gears up for Earth Day

A storm-damaged tree was recently removed from the area, and town officials feel it's time to spruce up the front lawn.

"This is kind of a renewal opportunity," said Supervisor Sam Messina. "My feeling is Bethlehem should be doing something for Earth Day ever year."

The Bethlehem Highway Department will be completing the work once garden planners have finalized a design.

Opportunities to improve the Town of Bethlehem will be provided all summer long through the town's Community Cleanup Days, the first of which took place Saturday, April 17, and will continue on the third Saturday of the month through October.

Volunteers should report to the Bethlehem Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. to be issued supplies. Different parts of town will be targeted each Saturday until noon. In the evetn of rain, Cleanup Day will be cancelled.

Earth Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 24, at the Pine Bush Preserve. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will perform a number of upkeep tasks all around the 3,100-acre preserve. Come with work clothes and drinking water.

Fifth-grade students at Hamagrael Elementary will be spending part of Thursday planting 30 seedlings that were obtained through the Department of Environmental Conservation.

At Clarksville Elementary, first-graders will be collecting empty cans and bottles to recycle. Proceeds will be donated to the Onesquethaw Food Pantry.

Students from the Clarksville Elementary Green Club will be traveling to the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center April 30, Arbor Day, for a lesson on stream tables.

Students in Mrs. Dolen's 6th-grade science class will use Earth Day to calculate their ecological footprint with www.ecofoot.org. Middle schoolers will also kick off a composting project during Earth Week.

John Abbuhl will lead a "Tour of the Magnolias" in the Pine Hollow Arboretum Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 25, at 1 p.m. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations required. See pinehollowarboretum.blogspot.com for more information.

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