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It's all coming up green at town festival

April 06, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - The first Green Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, throughout Shafer Park and already the interest and enthusiasm is high for this effort to save the earth.

The mission of Green Fest is to promote conservation efforts and recycling within the community. The inaugural Green Fest will feature a variety of vendors and exhibitors who will share their eco-friendly products, offer demonstrations and provide an array of recycling opportunities.

"We have 55 vendors confirmed and still more are coming in," said Jenny Sarnecki, chairwoman of Green Fest, which is hoped to become an annual free event in Boonsboro.

Loads of environmentally gentle products will be given away at the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., she said.

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Door prizes will also be available, including a one-night stay in a room at the InnBoonsboro, the new Nora Roberts bed-and-breakfast in the square. Gift bags, baskets and cookbooks are also going to be available.

"Children will be decorating milk cartons for bird feeders," Sarnecki said. A kids zone will feature many other "green" activities for all ages.

Speakers on the program are Debbie Fiola, a horticulturalist who will give tips on growing plants; and Judy and Rudy Medicus of Cat's Paw Farm, who will share information about organic farming.

Fifteen new recycling collectors will be positioned around the park for Green Fest, mostly next to garbage cans. The Town of Boonsboro purchased the "cleartainers" for the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force.

Collecting stations will also be set up at Green Fest for recyclables such as eyeglasses and cases, egg cartons, wire clothes hangers, ink cartridges, cell phones and rechargeable batteries.

Recycling bins will be available for collection of mixed paper/newspaper, aluminum, glass and plastic (Nos. 1 and 2 only) bottles and flattened cardboard of every size.

Working with Sarnecki are committee members Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Larry Neumark, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Janeen Solberg, Kathy Vesely and Barbara Wetzel, who also serves on the Boonsboro Town Council.

Assisting the committee is Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch, who serves as liaison for the Washington County Solid Waste Department.

For more information about Green Fest, go to http://boonsborogreen fest.com.

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