The following press release with details of the New Hartford 2010 Earth Weekend Spring Cleanup was forwarded to us by the New Hartford Land Trust, one of the event’s organizers.
New Hartford residents can actively observe Earth Day’s 40th birthday and the arrival of spring by cleaning up parks and playscapes, performing trail maintenance on an open space preserve and eliminating invasive plants along the Farmington River and at other sites on Sunday, April 25. Those interested in volunteering can pre-register to be eligible for raffle prizes and should gather at 12:30 p.m. behind Town Hall (530 Main Street) for sign in, inspiration and instructions, and light lunch fare. Leaders and teams of volunteers will then go out to seven sites around New Hartford to pick up trash, weed, prune and remove debris.
The New Hartford Land Trust, the Town Conservation Commission, Cub Scouts Pack 19 and the Friends of Brodie Park are organizing the annual New Hartford Earth Weekend Spring Cleanup. Hoffmann Hardware is contributing trash bags to support the event. The Foothills Delery and Subway are donating food. Volunteers who pre-register will be eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes including a perennial from local plant purveyor Dan-Dee Acres, gift certificates from Passiflora and Radwick’s Coffee & Sandwich, a gift basket from Renaissance Farm, tours of a local CT Zero Energy Challenge home and other earth-friendly items.
Steve Worthington, a volunteer parent with New Hartford Cub Scout Pack 19, said that the ScoutsÂ ”will continue the tradition of supporting New Hartford Earth Weekend Cleanup by helping clean the downtown park areas and planting a tree in honor of the 100th anniversary of scouting.”
Organizers ask that those interested in participating in the Earth Weekend Spring CleanupÂ sign up for the event as soon as possible by visiting www.newhartfordlandtrust.org or by calling 860-489-4118. This will help with planning. Others are also welcome to just show up. Volunteers should bring a water bottle, gloves, hat, sunscreen, bug spray and pruning shears or a rake if possible. Children under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Please check the New Hartford Land Trust web site or call for additional information.
A spokesperson for the New Hartford Land Trust said “For many years, the annual cleanup was held on a Saturday morning but we all decided to move it to Sunday afternoon so that it won’t compete with the opening day of youth baseball. We hope more families will be able to participate at the new time. Last year, about 85 residents of all ages came out to spruce up the town and we are hoping for an even bigger crowd to honor Earth Day turning the big 4-0 and to acknowledge the importance of environmental awareness and action. We need lots of help to accomplish our list of tasks for the day.”
The New Hartford Land Trust: is an all-volunteer, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the permanent preservation of farmland, forest, and other open space and natural resources in New Hartford.
Friends of Brodie Park, LLC: is a nonprofit dedicated to maintaining and preserving Brodie Park.
NewHartfordPlus is a contributing business of Â the New Hartford 2010 Earth Weekend Spring Cleanup.
Billion Acts of Green ~ One Act At The Time
How many acts of green does it take to make a difference? One of course, and that one is yours! And what if you could add your green act to those of millions of others around the world? Or maybe a BILLION others?
That’s just what the Earth Day Network wants you to do. To help celebrate the 40th Earth Day Celebration, the Network has set up a Billion Acts Of Green Campaign where they’re collecting green acts from participants around the world. Add your green act today and watch that number grow. When our reporter started writing this report, the number stood at 31,460,51 and now it’s grown to 31,460,101, with that last “1″ being hers!
To have your green act count towards the Billion, please go to the Earth Day 2010 website and add your act.
Share Your Green Act With Us And Win A Gift Basket From The New Hartford Farmers Market
Let us know you added your green act to the Billion Acts Of Green campaign, and we’ll enter you in a free drawing for a gift basket filled with goodies from our friends at the New Hartford Farmers’ Market. We’ll announce the winner of our gift basket at 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 25 on NewHartfordPlus and the basket will be available for pick-up at the Earth Weekend Cleanup in New Hartford Center. Â How sweet it is to act green…
To enter the drawing for the NewHartfordPlus gift basket: filled with goodies from the New Hartford Farmers’ Market, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and the details of the green act you added to the Billion Acts of Green campaign.