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Townsend plans busy Earth Day on the town common, April 29

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TOWNSEND — Earth Day will be celebrated on the town common on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with a rain date of Sunday, April 30, noon to 4 p.m.). The theme for Earth Day 2006 is “A Little Effort Makes a Big Difference.”

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, in the United States. Today, millions of people from around the world annually celebrate International Earth Day. The day gives everyone a chance to reflect upon the influence they have on the planet and the need for continued care and vigilance.

Many nonprofit organizations, schools, vendors and crafters will be joining Townsend residents on the common.

ACTIVITIES:

— Arts and crafts tables for making your own treasure using recyclable items.

— Allied Waste will accept all paper and cardboard. This is an opportunity for businesses and multi-family housing residents who do not have curbside recycling.

— Bake Sale by Townsend United Methodist Church Sunday School

FREE SWAPS:

Bring what you want to pass along and take whatever you can use, whether you brought any or not.

— Latex paint swap

— Plants: Bring potted, labeled plants of any kind, especially perennials and unusual cultivars, starting from 9 a.m. Plants may not be taken away until after 10 a.m. Extra pots are available behind town hall.

PRESENTATIONS:

— Allied Waste (formerly BFI), the firm that picks up Townsend’s trash and recycling, will demonstrate how a combination truck works.

— “Happy Worms, Healthy Lawns” by Michele Cannon

— “Recycling: Taming the plastic monster” a play by Mr. Barncoat’s fifth-grade class at Squannacook Elementary School.

EXHIBITS:

— Art work made with recycled materials found around the home. Any form of art of any size, 3D or 2D, sculptures, abstracts, mobiles, quilts, patterns, mosaics, all will be entered. Bring the artwork to the Townsend common on the morning of April 29. For more information contact Mr. Barncoat at Squannacook Elementary School at (978) 597-3085.

— Poetry on Earth Day: A poetry contest is open to all Hawthorne Brook Middle School students and all Townsend home-schooled students grades 6 to 8. The poems must pertain to the theme “A Little Effort Makes a Big Difference.” The poem should take up no more than one side of a page, typed and double-spaced. On the back of the page include the author’s name, grade, school, address and phone number. Entries must be turned in to the recreation mailbox in the office at the Hawthorne Brook Middle School, by Monday, April 17. Judging will be based on originality, creativity and relevance to the Earth Day theme. Prizes will be awarded.

— Environmentally friendly products

BOOTHS:

— Compost: Michele Cannon of Mother Earth Landscaping

— 4H Club, with animals

— Two Boy Scout Troops, including a bottle-and-can drive

— Friends of Willard Brook

— Townsend Conservation Land Trust

— Nashua River Watershed Association

— Bender Pools & Spas

— Shaklee Cleaning Products

— North-Central Regional Solid Waste Cooperative (hazardous waste recycling)

— Townsend Public Library

— Townsend Recycling Committee, selling natural canvas tote bags printed with a color drawing by a Townsend child.

— Townsend Ecumenical Outreach

— Townsend 275th Anniversary Committee

— Booths are still available for $10 each, free for non-profit groups. Provide your own table and clean up afterwards.

Any questions may be directed to Karen Clement at (978) 597-5914 or by e-mail to clem6six@verizon.net

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