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Recycling for the Earth

The Recycling Committee and the Recreation Commission of Townsend will present an Earth Day Celebration on Townsend Common — Saturday, April 29, 2006, 10 am - 2 pm (Rain date Sunday April 30th, 12 - 4.)

Businesses and organizations concerned with the Earth will offer exhibits, booths and presentations. For example Michele Cannon of Mother Earth Landscaping will speak on “Happy Worms, Healthy Lawns,” and Alllied Waste (formerly BFI), who pick up Townsend’s trash and recycling, will demonstrate how a combination truck works. (Apparently I'm not the only one who has gotten the mistaken impression that my recycle bin was dumped in the same place as my trash.) At 8 am volunteers will adopt and clean up Dudley Road, and bring back the trash for all to see.

There's too much to mention here! Look for separate reports in this paper on new additions; for the whole list click the link in the "Announcements and Events" box on Townsend's home page.

Booths are still available: non-profits free, all others $10.00. Provide your own table. For more information call Recycling Committee Chair Irene Congdon at (978)597-9191; also for more information or to rent booth space call Recreation Director Karen Clement at (978)597-5914.

Three "Free Swaps" encourage everyone (from anywhere) to bring what you want to pass along, and take what you can use — whether you bring any or not:

  • Latex paint
  • Books - Any left at the end of the day go to a program available at the Transfer Station which sends materials to programs in poverty areas worldwide for teaching people to read English. (Even outdated textbooks and technical manuals are useful; they can also use working videos and even audiotapes if the words are clear.)
  • Plants - Divided perennials, extra seedlings, houseplants ... all are welcome — but especially less-common perennials.

Bring plants any time after 9 am; Jock Snaith will supervise from then 'til noon. You can't take plants away until the bell in the Congregational church steeple strikes ten — but time goes quickly in checking out arrivals.

Please have plants potted, not just in clumps of earth. Until the 29th, clean pots for anyone to use may be taken from — and left at — a supply behind Town Hall (on the right of the building as you approach from the parking lot); please stack them neatly.

Mark each pot with the plant's name (botanical or common), and if it can get invasive, note that too. Questions? Call Jock at (978) 597-8310.

© Copyright 2006 Catherine Holmes Clark

Published in the six Nashoba Publications papers on Friday, 7 April 2006

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