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Library, park and campus benefit from Earth Day projects

April 22, 2010|By ERIN JULIUS
  • U.S. Cellular employee Sara Godlove, left, works with Ethan White, 10, and Meghan White, 7, Thursday to gather all the weeds and vines they pulled from the restroom area of Hagerstown's City Park during their Earth Day volunteer cleanup project.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

WASHINGTON COUNTY --A number of local organizations on Thursday celebrated Earth Day through projects intended to spruce up the community.

In Clear Spring, Grosh's Lawn Service teamed up with a group of Clear Spring Middle School students to plant, mulch and tend the area around the town's library branch.

Tom Grosh, owner of the lawn service, arranged with the county - which maintains that area - for the project.

Businesses involved in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) participated in a national day of service Thursday, said Grosh, whose business donated the materials for the library project.

"It's great we have this kind of public involvement, especially in light of the budget problems," Jim Sterling, the county's director of parks, recreation and facilities, said Thursday.

Matt Breakall, 13, sat digging out places to plant flowers around a tree Thursday morning.

He liked getting out of school for the project, and thought it was important to give back to the community.

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"It was starting to look pretty bad around here," he said.

Deron Crawford, the middle school principal, worked alongside the 19 students planting and mulching Thursday.

Abbey Weaver, 13, and Samantha Staley, 13, wore gloves as they spread mulch.

Abbey liked that they were helping the environment, and the girls said they wished more people would try to help.

At City Park, about 10 U.S. Cellular store managers, some not even from the area, painted bleachers and weeded.

They were in Hagerstown for a store managers meeting.

Jessica White, who works at a store in Morgantown, W.Va., was accompanied by her two children -10-year-old Ethan and 7-year-old Meghan - because Thursday was "Take Your Children to Work Day."

"It's a great way to teach them about giving back to the community," she said.

Ginger Carte, also of Morgantown, didn't mind working on a project that didn't benefit her community.

"It's a beautiful day, and we all have kids that play on fields like this. It's nice when they look nice," she said.

The group, all of whom donated their time, painted bleachers at the ballfields in the park.

They planned to spend about four hours working there, and wore T-shirts that read "More than just a phone company" on the back.

At Hagerstown Community College, the Science Club celebrated Earth Week with a campus cleanup Wednesday, weeklong recycling and other events.

On Thursday, about 50 people participated in a campus pride day, cleaning, spreading mulch and trimming weeds, HCC spokeswoman Elizabeth Stull said.

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