Earth Day support was appreciated

Marietta Earth Day celebrated its 19th year with a sunny, beautiful spring day! A special thanks to event sponsors: Clare Kremer and Cathy Schafer, Peoples Bank, and the Marietta Area Recycling Center.

The Union Ridge Wildlife Center, through the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, came this year with a red tailed hawk, barn owl and a surprise appearance by a skunk and allowed all who attended to see them up close. Dan Harrison brought the “Green House” to demonstrate recycled materials that could be used in constructing a home. Pickering & Associates brought a display of solar powered devices as well as information on solar panels and electric generation and The First Unitarian Church had a demonstration of a solar foundation and panel as well as having real time data from the solar panels installed at the church. Marietta Adventure Company provided information on the many trails in and around Marietta both for walking, riding bikes and kayaking.

The interactive Lock & Dam Model was provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to demonstrate how the system works on our rivers to keep them navigable and the model boat was ably captained by Brad Bond. The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge brought some river turtles and information on river life and there were many other local and regional organizations that participated with activities and information to make us more aware of the environment.

Lots of hands-on activities included decorating placemats by Riverside Artists Gallery, shrinky-dinks and newspaper pots to plant impatience were overseen by Pioneer Ladies Civitan, digging for buried treasure and planting seeds in soil by Walmart, building paper boats and boat races with the PAC 653 Cub Scouts and making flower fairies by Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children, just to name a few. The decorated placemats were later taken to Tonya’s Country Kitchen for use on their tables in celebration of Earth Day!

Games were provided by the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club members. Wonderful live music was performed by Marietta’s own High School’s that Rock with Mark Doebrich, band director. Woodsy the Owl (Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute!) was a participant in the event courtesy of the costume loan from the Wayne National Forest and volunteer Cassie Ortt who entertained the children.

Special thanks to Marietta Civitan for the donation of tables and chairs for the event as well as help in putting them up and taking them down.

Everyone attending the Earth Day had the opportunity to vote for entries in the following contests: Sweetgum Ball Contest (what can be made with the seed-bearing balls of sweetgum trees?) Winners: Youth (1st and Best of Show) Flora Burgadt – Mini Man & Giant Bug, (2nd) Bijou Burgadt – “Lady Green” – mannequin head with sweetgum crown and leaves (3rd) Andrew Couch – Sweetgum Ball Tree; Adult Age Group (1st) Amy Meeks – Pencil Holder out of piece of tree branch. The Trash-to-Art Contest (what can be made from items/material found in the waste- or recycling-stream?) 5 and under Age Group (1st) Lauren Knaus – Barn Diarama; 6-8 Year Old Age Group (1st) Anna Knaus – Dinosaur Diarama (2) Audry Barnhart – Bird Feeder; Brady Dickison – Cell Phone Speaker out of cardboard box and toilet paper tubes; 9-14 Year Old Age Group: (1st) Andrew Couch – Garden Hose Wreath (2nd) Florda Burgadt – Melted Bead ornaments and suncatchers (3rd) A.J. Faires – Birdfeeder with porch made out of plastic milk jug and popsicle sticks; Adult Age Group (1st) Amy Meeks – Holiday Tree; (2nd) Jeff Couch – Smiley Face; (3rd) Kelly Faires – Sweet Gum Ball Basket.

Contest prizes for the Sweetgum Ball and Trash to Art Contest were donated by Greenleaf Landscaping, Peoples Bank Theatre, Domino’s Pizza, McHappy’s, Over the Moon Pizza, Papa Johns, Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children, Pizza Hut, Putnam Chocolate, Smitty’s Pizza and Wendy’s.

Earth Day Celebration requires planning and effort by volunteers and even more volunteers show up on the day of the event.

Everyone’s efforts and continued support are greatly appreciated. We’re looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary of the Marietta Earth Day Celebration in 2019!

Connie Grimes (Peoples Bank), Prudence Burgardt, Betsy Cook, Mary Hetrick, Jody Kohler, Esther Salem, Dawn Wittberg, Kathy Ortt (Marietta Area Recycling Center), Marietta Community Earth Day Celebration Committee.

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