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Earth Day celebration coming up

PLATTSBURGH - The Every Day Earth Day Committee, consisting of concerned residents of Plattsburgh, will host a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day Saturday, April 17, at Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market on Durkee Street.

Although the main celebration will begin at 12 p.m., organizers are hoping people will leave their homes at 11 a.m. to partake in the "People Powered Pickup." The activity encourages people to pick up trash as they walk or bike to the pavilion. Those participating are encouraged to wear gloves and use garbage bags as well as get their family, friends and others in the neighborhood involved in the clean-up. The trash will be collected at the celebration.

At 12 p.m., the official kick-off to the celebration will consist of opening announcements, presentation of "Green Recognitions" to selected businesses, organizations and individuals who embody of the values and goals of the Every Day Earth Day committee, and a ribbon-cutting, with a ribbon made from old plastic bags.

Following the kick-off, people can enjoy various kid events, including face painting, seed planting, worm composting and story hour. Kids and adults can bring their bikes to the event as there will be bike safety by the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Biketopia and the Adirondack Bike Ranch. People are also asked to bring a T-shirt, which will be made into a reusable bag.

Throughout the celebration there will also be informational tables set up by local organizations and individuals who are Earth Day-oriented.

At 2 p.m. there will be a kid's play performed by first and second grade students from Bailey Avenue Elementary School, followed by a live performance of original Earth Day songs by Pat Ostrander.

Food will be provided by a local vendor. People are also encouraged to visit downtown restaurants.

For more information, contact Sarah Cronk at 593-3334 or visit www.localsustainability.com.

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