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Franklin Co. slates Earth Celebration Day

April 13, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Earth Celebration Day at Waynesboro's Renfrew Park this Sunday will be the centerpiece of several environmental events this month, according to Franklin County Environmental Planner Robert A. Meredith.

On Friday forestry students from the Penn State Mont Alto campus will plant trees at the county's Ecopark off Franklin Farm Lane in Guilford Township. On Saturday, members of Boy Scout Troop 133 will plant 500 tree seedlings along Falling Spring, which runs through the park, Meredith said.

The seedlings were donated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for streamside reforestation projects around the state, he said.

"We're planting the trees, basically, to filter runoff, to provide shade and provide habitat," Meredith said. The Ecopark is a work in progress, and plans for this year include adding trails and additional plantings of grasses and wildflowers.

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Sunday is the 10th Earth Celebration Day at Renfrew Park, sponsored by the Renfrew Institute with financial support from F&M Trust Co. The county will have a booth with information about its recycling and household hazardous waste programs and the updated comprehensive plan, according to Meredith.

There will be more than a dozen more environmental exhibits at the park, along with environmental art from area schools, food and entertainment by Baltimore bluegrass band Satyr Hill, according to Renfrew Institute Director Melodie Anderson-Smith.

The free four-hour event begins at 1 p.m. The Blue Line trolley will be offering free rides to the park from various locations in Waynesboro and Washington Township, she said.

In the event of rain, the event will be held in the Waynesboro Area Middle School on East Second Street.

Anderson-Smith said this is the second year the County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation making April Earth Awareness Month.

Monday the county will kick off its new household hazardous waste program. Last month the commissioners awarded a $47,500 contract with Curbside Inc. to provide free curbside disposal of pesticides, solvents, paints, used motor oil and other hazardous wastes found in most homes.

Curbside recycling replaces a drop-off program the county began in 1994. Curbside Inc. will provide special containers to households to dispose of up to 125 pounds of wastes.

County residents can call 1-800-HHW-PKUP to receive a container and schedule a pickup.

One county program that could impact the environment will be the subject of a public meeting on Thursday, April 29.

"It's kind of a guide for where the county will go in the next 20 years," Meredith said. One aspect of the plan is to suggest to municipalities and developers where to channel growth in the county to help preserve its natural and agricultural resources.

Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said there is ample space in the county to develop or reuse without consuming existing farmland.

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