Pretty up the island for Earth Day

"We were all set to use this space to remind readers that Earth Day is coming up, and to round up the various eco-boosting activities that are lined up.Then readers Kat Gjovik and Virginia Davison, backing the revamped Adopt-A-Road program, dropped off a letter that did just that. So we'll give them the floor:Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and it's great to see all the community and family-friendly activities scheduled for the weekend -- T&C's Earth Day Fair, the ivy cleanup at Fairy Dell Park on Saturday, and the ivy cleanup at the new Blakely Harbor Park on Sunday, to name a few. And we'll be among the eager gardeners and landscapers converging on our local nurseries, ready to dig in the dirt. Between the digging and planting, we hope everyone will find time on Sunday afternoon to join us for what we hope will become an annual family and community event: Earth Day - Earth Walk, organized by COBI's Adopt-A-Road Program. We encourage families, neighborhoods, businesses, school and church groups to organize cleanup crews, meet at one of six gathering sites beginning at 1:30 p.m. to pick up litter bags and safety tips, and learn about some of the island's environmental organizations and the Adopt-A-Road Program. Participants will then return to their neighborhoods (around home, business, church, or school) to clean up trash. Especially for families with children, site coordinators will be able to suggest cleanup spots away from roads and traffic, including parks, road ends, and beaches in your area. While cleaning up, enjoy the beauty of the island, and talk about the many ways we can honor and care for Earth. Before 4 p.m., return to the gathering site to dispose of litter and join us for refreshments. The gathering sites are Fay Bainbridge State Park (hosted by Fairbank Construction), Seabold Hall (Association of Bainbridge Communities), Battle Point Park (Bainbridge Island Land Trust), the gazebo just south of Ordway School (Yes! a journal for positive futures), American Legion Hall (students from BHS), and Fort Ward State Park (Fort Ward Neighborhood Association). Additional support for this event comes from community organizations, businesses, schools, and individual volunteers from the Adopt-A-Road Program. Please join us! * * * * *Well. Couldn't have said it better ourselves. For more information on the Adopt-A-Road program, you can call 842-0223 or 780-0727. For information on other Earth Day activities, call the park district at 842-2306.ErrataAnd while we're at it, we should note that the Ann Lovejoy column in last Saturday's Review was the wrong draft, and one error could steer readers in the wrong direction.To clear up the point: Please do not - repeat, do not - take your unused garden chemicals to Bainbridge Gardens for recycling.Instead, the city and county, Bainbridge Rotary, the Association of Bainbridge Communities will recycle your old or unused garden chemicals at the city maintenance facility on Hidden Cove Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. More complete information can be found on the calendar page in today's Review. For more information, call 842-7633. "

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