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May 6, 2012
Students from St. John's Preschool in Hagerstown recently took a trip to the U.S. Silica Co. plant in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., as part of their study about Earth Day. Al Gwizdala, operations director, showed the students all the products made using sand and the ways the company uses processes that demonstrate environmental responsibility. The children were given a tour of the plant, including the large machinery and the highlight of their visit included a chance to stand in the bucket of a front-end loader.
By LUCIE L. SNODGRASS | April 21, 2013
Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has led to enormous growth in understanding the consequences we face if we do not take care of our natural resources. It has led to more action to protect our planet's land, water, air, wildlife and human beings, and it has strengthened farmers' and ranchers' already strong commitment to being good environmental stewards. Farmers observe Earth Day every day. Where asphalt and pavement turn to gravel and dirt, you will find men and women rising early, greeting the day and working the earth.  Their office space is outdoors in the sun, wind, rain and sometimes snow.
By TRISH RUDDER | April 30, 2006
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. Students, teachers and family members celebrated Earth Day on Friday at Pleasant View Elementary School in eastern Morgan County. Christy Rusnak, the school's Parent-Teacher Organization president, said about 40 children and 62 parents participated in the Earth Day celebration, which included debris and brush cleanup on the school grounds, weeding and mulching the playground area and flower beds, spreading soil on the ball field, planting pine trees and creating a butterfly garden.
by DAVE McMILLION | April 21, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -As far as the eye could see across the open field, new pine boxes glistened in the sun waiting for new tenants. After working this week and last week building nesting boxes for bluebirds, students at the Harpers Ferry Job Corps took to the field Thursday to install the boxes on posts, hoping to help the small birds battle loss of habitat. It was part of the center's Earth Day activities, which also included learning about outdoor ethics, viewing conservation films and planting trees at the facility, officials at the center said.
by JEFF SEMLER | April 18, 2006
On April 22 we will celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day is often touted by so-called environmental groups. Who do you think would also be in on this celebration? Farmers. That's right. Farmers. Every day is Earth Day on the farm. Farmers are the stewards of the environment. They till the soil and care for animals and this is all in a day's work. When the industrial revolution brought about the mass migration from the farms to the city, farming changed, too. After the hard lesson of the dust bowl years, agriculture has made great strides.
By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent | April 22, 2008
Earth Day is the one day where you have a chance to help the environment, right? Actually, you can help the environment any day of the year, by recycling paper, glass, metal and plastic bottles, by planting new trees and shrubs and by conserving your electricity and water. Planting trees helps prevent global climate change, but it also conserves energy by providing a windbreak in the winter and shade in the summer. The Arbor Day Foundation Web site ( is a good source of information on the benefits of planting trees.
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 22, 2000
About 30 hikers walked along a soggy towpath in Williamsport Saturday morning to raise money for C&O Canal educational services. The hikers participating in the second annual March for Parks out of Williamsport raised almost $1,700, said Debbie Conway, chief of interpretation for the C&O Canal. Conway said some of the money will be used to reprint brochures given to tourists. "We always walk along (the canal) and so we thought it would be a good cause," said Lisa Mummert, who lives near Downsville.
March 23, 2008
Cub Scout Pack 218 and Boy Scout Troop 18 are requesting citizens to bring recyclable newspapers and aluminum cans to their trailer at Blue Ridge Mountain Fire and Rescue Squad, 13063 Monterey Lane in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Items can be dropped off any time. Members of the pack and troop are from Frederick County and Washington County in Maryland and Franklin County, Pa. Always seeking to do a community service project, the Scouts are picking up litter and debris this spring from roadsides and fields in the region.
By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888 | April 22, 2010
o Read more Anne Weatherholt columns at Soap Box Derby had a successful run From Soap Box Derby to 175th anniversaries, Hancock is full of "living history. " High Street became a "speedway" last weekend with the first soap box derby competition in 50 years. While worries with traffic tie-ups never materialized, the townsfolk came out to enjoy the sight of boys and girls in healthy competition using nature's own gravity to power their handmade cars - talk about "green fun. " Churches to mark milestones in area This coming weekend, several historic events are featured in our area.
April 21, 2007
Craft show The Cabin Fever Festival Craft Show features handmade crafts by area crafters. Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuscarora Ruritan Club, Martinsburg, W.Va. Call 304-262-6342. Earth Day celebration The Renfrew Institute will sponsor an Earth Day-related arts festival and education day that includes a yard sale, creek cleanup, drum circle, environmental art award, live music with Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin, food and plant swap. Today, celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Parking at lower lot off Welty Road.
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