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Environmental Awareness Fair held for Earth Day

PLATTSBURGH? With over 35 displays, the first of what will be an annual Environmental Awareness Fair held last Sunday at the Champlain Centres Mall was a huge success. Weve been working on this since last October, said Myrna Decker, of the League of Womens Voters. She and fellow member Betsy Metz praised the work Michelle Ouellette of the Learn and Serve America program has done to coordinate the whole event with students from the Plattsburgh City School District and Girl Scout Troop 143 of Plattsburgh. Troop 143 had designed a display at their booth, Help Stop Pollution Turning Trash into Treasure, which illustrated several ways of creating crafts and artwork from common household garbage. The Plattsburgh State Super Saturday School had a wonderful display called Endangered Species, featuring a lot of great information, artwork and even an activity book. The Endangered Species Club Activity Book, which included drawings, essays, mazes and puzzles created by program students ranging in age from 5-13, was available in exchange for a donation to the World Wildlife Fund. Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett and City Mayor Donald Kasprzak were guest speakers during the opening ceremonies of the fair that drew in a large crowd of spectators. You and I are trustees of this planet, Bassett said to the many PCSD students and Girl Scouts that had worked so hard to make the day such a success. And as such, Bassett said, you need to teach us and remind us about how to be good stewards of our land. Renew, reuse, and recycle, he said, were key words in our efforts to confront the new problems in front of us with global warming. We have to make a difference, he added, suggesting we adopt the Native American approach, leave it as we found it -or just a little better than we found it. Kasprzak, who used to be the regional director of New York State Parks, said the seven years he served as director were a great learning experience for him. Did you know that 500,000 trees must be cut to produce our Sunday papers? Kasprzak said with that in mind hes learned to read the on-line version. Your generation will be here long after we are gone, thats why we are working so hard (on such issues as landfills, water treatment, pollution control and conservation), he said. You need to continue to tell us to listen to you on these issues, he stressed. Its your environment. Its your world.

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