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April 15, 2005

Legislature Chairman Suggests Ways to Get Involved in Earth Day Activities

County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson is encouraging citizens to get involved in Earth Day activities during Earth Week, which is April 18 through 24.

"Traditionally we celebrate Earth Day on April 22," said Legislature Chairman Johnson. "This year I have designated the week of April 18 to 24 as Earth Week in Oswego County. I am asking all residents to each dedicate a few hours this week to pick up litter or choose another activity to help preserve our environment."

He suggested families can adopt a section of roadside or park area and pick up trash; conserve resources by purchasing products made from recycled materials; and reduce household garbage by composting coffee grounds, egg shells and other organic wastes.

David Hertzler, chairman of the Oswego County Environmental Management Council, encourages civic groups and organizations to choose a cleanup project in a park, roadside, or a lakeside area.

The EMC will kick off Earth Week with a cleanup of the O and W bike trail in Oswego Monday, April 18. Volunteers will meet at 6:30 p.m. in front of the County Office Building at East Bridge and Second streets, and walk the trail towards Fort Ontario.

"We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful counties in the state," said Hertzler. "We all can see the effects of our long harsh winter as the snow melts away to leave a litter of trash and garbage along our roadways and in our public places. This litter detracts from our enjoyment and produces a poor impression with visitors and tourists. By expanding Earth Day into a weeklong event, we as county residents can actively show our pride in our county by spending a few hours during the week participating in a cleanup event."

For more information about Earth Week activities, contact Hertzler at 963-8525 or visit www.earthday.net on the Internet.

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