2012-04-05 / Local & State

Earth Day Festival Set For April 21

Event sponsored by Fulton County Library Teen Advisory Board
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Having gotten its start almost three years ago, the Teen Advisory Board for the Fulton County Library has immersed itself in a variety of community-based projects from lending a hand at the Fulton County Food Basket to roadside cleanups. Later this month, TAB will once again send a positive message to local teens and adults with an Earth Day Festival.

To be held Saturday, April 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., TAB’s first-ever Earth Day Festival for children and those just young at heart will be at the Fulton County Library. Using a theme of “reuse before you recycle,” TAB President Annetta Hartman said event organizers will be offering a range of activities such as gardening tips and handicrafts from recycled materials, including stink bug catchers, bird feeders, decorative items from greeting cards, artist trading cards, altered books, bottle terrariums and planting pots made from newspaper.

In addition, tie-dying will be done as well as face painting and games for children. Giveaways, while they last, will include pine tree saplings and flowers. A bake sale will also be headed by TAB, with proceeds from the sale and tie-dying to benefit the selffunded organization for local youths. Donations are also greatly appreciated.

Southern Fulton Elementary teacher Herb Brambley will be available to meet with residents throughout the festival on the topic of vermiculture or composting with worms. Always armed with his guitar and a tune in his head, Brambley will likely lead the crowd in some environmental songs, Hartman stated.

A former air-pollution inspector from New Jersey, Ionna Conner will be hosting a fracking booth and giving a follow-up presentation on the subject at 10:30 a.m. “ ... I recognize the deadly impacts on health by toxic materials, such as those used in hydraulic fracturing,” said Conner. In recent years, she has been covering the topic of fracking in her newspaper “Earth News” and is currently developing a database for those who oppose fracking.

“I’ve been an environmental activist for 45 years, primarily working to educate people about the grossly unfair imbalance between the powers that be and the people and the ecosystem that suffer as a direct result of corporations and governments that do not work hard to protect the citizens or the planet,” Conner concluded.

Meanwhile, Greg Reineke of the Fulton County Conservation District will be giving a presentation on alternative energy options starting at 1 p.m.

TAB will be assisted during the event by members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 339, Hartman noted.

In addition to its regular involvement in the community, TAB meets monthly at the Fulton County Library for teen night. Individuals must be 13 years old to participate. Teen nights typically consist of Wii, games, crafts and snacks, but special events are routinely held such as back-toschool sleepovers and foreign cuisine nights.

Aside from teen night and the Earth Day Festival, TAB’s next scheduled big event will be a cleanup of Cove Creek with Scott Alexander from the Conservation District on Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m. Teens and other members of the general public interested in lending a hand should meet at Clevenger’s Beverage Connection on Lincoln Way West, Mc- Connellsburg.

Additional information regarding the Fulton County Library’s Teen Advisory Board or the upcoming Earth Day Festival can be obtained by contacting library director Jamie Brambley at 717-485-5327.

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