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April 13, 2007

Residents Encouraged to Get Involved in Cleanup Activities During Earth Week

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson (center) presents an Earth Week proclamation to Richard Drosse, left, and David Hertzler, right, of the county Environmental Management Council. Earth Week is April 21through 29 in Oswego County. Drosse is coordinating Earth Week activities for the EMC, and Hertzler is EMC chairman.


County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson has proclaimed April 21 through 29 as Earth Week in Oswego County, and is encouraging families, individuals and groups to get involved in cleanup activities around the county.

“Oswego County residents are fortunate to live in a county rich in natural resources and spectacular scenic beauty,” said Legislature Chairman Johnson. “The period around Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22, is as an excellent opportunity for us to enhance our county by picking up trash and debris left visible after the snow is melted. I urge all citizens to take some time during Earth Week to remove litter around their property and in public areas.”

The Oswego County Environmental Management Council is coordinating Earth Week cleanup activities in the county. Families, youth groups, and organizations are asked to choose a roadside area, park, trail or other spot to clean up.

Groups are asked to register their activity by contacting Dick Drosse, EMC Earth Week Coordinator. The Oswego County Buildings and Grounds Department will provide clear plastic trash bags and Novelis Corp. will provide work gloves for those who register with the EMC.

“The concept of Earth Week allows for cleanup over a few days, and is less dependent on a day of good weather, as opposed to focusing on just one day,” said David R. Hertzler, Oswego County EMC Chairman. “Each year our Earth Week program has expanded. There are several Earth Week cleanup projects already planned for this year.”

Hertzler suggests that cleanup efforts continue all through the year, not just during Earth Week.

“I want to thank each and every individual who participates, and I encourage all county residents to take part in a continued effort throughout the year in maintaining the natural beauty of our county,” he said. “It would be great if folks could continue that awareness to clean up their living space. One week is good - 52 weeks would be great!” he added.

For more information or a registration form, contact Drosse at 343-4565 or visit the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com


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