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'Green' advocates fill Boonsboro park

May 09, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Bernice and Gail Harding of Boonsboro talk Saturday to Jay Smith, a renewable energy consultant for Mountain View Solar & Wind in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., during the second annual Boonsboro Green Fest hosted by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force.
Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO -- Shafer Memorial Park was filled Saturday with vendors and organizations following the proverb "Waste not, want not."

It was Boonsboro Green Fest, an event started last year by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force.

No one followed the recycling theme better than Teresa Everly of Hagerstown, who turns soda-can tabs and plastic grocery bags into decorative and functional items.

At her booth, Everly was selling pocketbooks and earrings made from can tabs, totes made from plastic bags, hats made from VCR tape and coin purses made from the top of orange juice cartons.

A few years ago, she turned her interest in making gifts for friends into a company she calls Recycled Crochet.

John Christensen of Mountain View Solar & Wind in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., talked to fest visitors about renewable energy systems.

He said grants and credits make alternative energy a worthwhile venture for many homeowners.

Other vendors and organizations offered plants, maps of the Antietam Creek watershed, tea, granola, and natural pet food and treats.

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Caprikorn Farms in Gapland gave out free samples of goat cheese.

Saint James Catholic Church set up tables of used clothes.

Brigitte Schmidt, a Green Fest committee member, said the church accepted donations for a week. Anyone who dropped clothing items off could take away an equal number of clothing items.

Those items were sold at Green Fest.

Girl Scouts did the same thing with used books, Schmidt said.

In a parking lot, Phil Ruth of Halfway was adjusting used bicycles so they would fit more easily into the back of a pickup truck. About 20 were piled in a heap, with several left to go.

Ruth said he volunteers with an organization called Bikes for the World. The bicycles donated on Saturday, and many others, will be sent to Africa and Central America, he said.

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