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April 14, 2008

Oswego County Celebrates Earth Week 2008

Oswego County will celebrate Earth Week from Saturday, April 19 to Sunday, April 27. Organizations from across the county have pledged to join in the celebration with clean-up activities in Cleveland, Fulton, Mexico, Minetto, Oswego, Phoenix and Pulaski.

Oswego County is known as a county that works together, said Richard Drosse, Earth Week Coordinator for the Oswego County Environmental Management Council. With this community involvement, our Earth Week program grows each year. We are hoping to expand it again in 2008 and ask residents to join our clean-up efforts.

Camp Hollis and the Oswego County Nature Camp at Camp Zerbe are each hosting Community Clean-up Days. The Camp Hollis event takes place on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Camp Zerbe event is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants may volunteer for the entire time or devote just a few hours to the clean-up. For details, call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451.

The New York State Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails NY have planned the third annual Canal Clean Sweep for Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20. Groups from Fulton, Minetto, Oswego, Phoenix and Volney are active participants in this event, which will host clean-up activities along the canal corridor. For more information, contact Wally Elton by phone at 518-434-1583 or by .

The following groups will participate in these and other clean-up events around the county: Oswego Campus and Community Relations Committee, Minetto Beautification Committee, Minetto Community United Methodist Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Neighbors of Battle Island, Friends of Great Bear with Boy Scout Troop 715 and Phoenix Bridge House Brats.

The Village and Town of Mexico, Oswego Girl Scout Troop 519, Oswego Kiwanis Club, Oswego Rotary Club, Oswego Lions Club and Minetto Girl Scout Troops 569 and 1027 with the Minetto Boy Scout Troop, Fulton Parks and Recreation, Fulton Girl Scout Troop 404, Oswego County Opportunities and Oswego Industries will all take part in Earth Week activities.

Additional groups include: Cleveland Spirit Council, Pulaski High School Student Council with other Pulaski public service groups, Fulton High School Mentoring Organization, Minetto Elementary Student Council, Leighton Elementary School, Milea Beach Road Association, the Connelly family of Volney and the Oswego County Environmental Management Council.

Individuals, families, schools and groups can register their Earth Week activity by contacting Drosse at 343-4565 or by . For volunteers, trash bags will be provided by the Oswego County Buildings and Grounds Department and work gloves will be available through a contribution by Novelis. Other supplies, including safety vests for those on roadside clean-ups, will be provided as well.

The Oswego County Environmental Management Council can provide project ideas and tips to help sustain and protect our environment. Suggestions include planting trees to improve ground cover and remove pollutants from the air or establishing a rain garden to prevent erosion and protect our rivers and streams from pollutants. For more information, visit the EMC Web site.

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